District Says Response to H1N1 Vaccine Strong

Lisa Hull, who oversees federal programs for the Lauderdale County School District, said she was initially a little nervous about the plan to offer swine flu vaccines at schools. But she's no longer apprehensive, because of the positive response.

"At Northeast Elementary, we vaccinated 324 students and then we had 51 adults as well," said Hull. "So, we vaccinated 33.4% of the children out there and we thought that was extremely well. We've also vaccinated at Northeast Middle, Southeast Elementary and Southeast High. So, we're between 20 and 30% at all the schools thus far. So we feel we've had a good turnout."

More vaccinations are set for next week at Southeast Middle, Northeast High and all West Lauderdale schools.

"We feel like the response we've had that it will be pretty consistent across our school district," Hull said.

The vaccinations are set to be offered through Dec 4. Prior to receiving the shots, Hull says parents must sign a permission form that will be sent home with their child. The vaccinations that are being offered at the schools are free.

Mississippi health officials say they've confirmed more than 1,200 cases of the virus in Mississippi, including 10 deaths.

There have been 16 confirmed cases in Lauderdale County, but health officials say the number is likely much higher because not all clinics and hospitals report their numbers.


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