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Schools, health leaders meet on H1N1 flu

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POSTED November 25, 2009 2:16 a.m.
San Joaquin County Public Health and San Joaquin County Office of Education’s school health administrators recently met to discuss the current H1N1 vaccine status.

SJC Public Health Department continues to work with schools to disseminate the H1N1 vaccine. As of now, nearly 19,000 doses of seasonal flu mist have been given out through school-based services.

“We appreciate SJC Public Health’s leadership, willingness and flexibility in delivering school-based vaccinations that are being used statewide and nationally,” said Mick Founts, deputy superintendent of San Joaquin County Office of Education.

The following is a list of the most recent facts and data about the H1N1 and the vaccine:

• Three months ago SJC anticipated receiving a percentage of vaccine (approximately 84,000 of the 4.7 million doses).

• To date, only 9,000 have arrived (exclusive of Kaiser as the CDC worked independently with Kaiser to establish vaccine for their clientele).

• Of the 9,000 doses only 5,200 have come directly to the health department, which serves as the school district source for vaccine.

• In alignment with ACIP direction, the limited amount of vaccine was sent to obstetricians to vaccinate pregnant women because studies have shown nearly 50 percent or greater fetal mortality rate.

• Remaining doses were sent to area pediatricians and hospitals.

• As you know, there continues to be manufacturing issues with the containers or syringes for the vaccination.

• We do not anticipate there being H1N1 vaccine for general student populations until early January.

• We are working to get the vaccine for medically fragile students who do not have access to a pediatrician or medical home.

• It was decided that vaccine dissemination could be equitability disseminated utilizing a percentage method based upon school district attendance.

• H1N1 vaccine administration will require additional recording into a state immunization system.

Added Founts, “In times of limited resources, I am grateful for the willingness of the school health administrators to collaborate and work together in order to do what¹s best for students countywide.”
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