November 18, 2009

November 18, 2009- You may have seen on recent news reports Mollen Immunization Clinics have developed a school based immunization program where students can receive the H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccine. These reports have prompted many of you to call and inquire about the clinics within our high schools.

The district has been in communication with a representative from Mollen Clinic and after expressing interest in the school clinics, we were informed that immunizations were being directed in priority order.

We want to provide some clarification on how the H1N1 vaccine is being distributed amongst priority groups accross the state.

When the CDC originally outlined these groups, they also recommended that if the vacine was initially only available in limited quantities that these groups would need to be sub-prioritized. Unfortunately, due to an unprecedented flu season involving the need to produce 2 different types of vaccines, there have been interruptions in the production and dsitribution of the H1N1 vaccine and the state has only received a small percentage of the total allocation from the federal government.

Based on the CDC recommendations, this limited supply is reserved for people at especially high risk for flu, which includes pregnant women, children, caregivers of infants and healthcare workers with direct patient contact. As supplies grow, this will expand to include the additional priority groups of young adults (high school students) up to the age of 24, and people between the ages of 25 and 64 with underlying health conditions like asthma or diabetes.

We will continue to work with Mollen Clinic with hopes that our high schools will be able to offer the immunizations. We thank you for your patience and understanding.