The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department and Fayette County Public Schools are partnering to offer free, voluntary H1N1 vaccinations to children at school.
Starting Jan. 5, Fayette County Public Schools will be sending home consent forms, which must be filled out completely and returned no later than Wednesday, Jan. 13. If forms are not completely filled out and signed with permission granted, students will not receive the vaccination. Consent forms and packets of information are available at www.fcps.net and www.LexFluCrew.com. Anyone without access to a computer can call the health department’s Flu Hotline at 288-7529 to request a copy.
The in-school vaccination clinics are expected to start Tuesday, Jan. 19, at Tates Creek Elementary, Tates Creek Middle School, Tates Creek High School and Millcreek Elementary. The complete clinic schedule is available at www.LexFluCrew.com. Parents will be able to choose between a shot or nasal mist for their child.
Parents who have concerns about their child’s eligibility for the vaccination should contact their health care provider or the health department’s Flu Hotline (288-7529) before signing the consent form. Anyone allergic to eggs or with a previous bad reaction to a flu shot cannot get the H1N1 vaccine at the school clinic and should contact their health care provider for further guidance.