Prince George’s County School Influenza Vaccinations
All Maryland health departments have been directed by the Secretary of Health to start administering the H1N1 (swine flu) influenza vaccination to school-aged children. The Prince George's County Health Department (PGCHD) began immunizing Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS) elementary school students on October 9, 2009. Any child in Prince George's County may receive the vaccine at our walk-in flu clinics posted each week.
In partnership with the PGCPS, the PGCHD is offering free H1N1 vaccinations to school-aged children, as they are at a high risk of being exposed to and becoming sick from this flu virus. Most children in the United States exposed to this H1N1 influenza virus during the past six months have experienced only minor "flu-like" symptoms. Unfortunately, other children in the United States exposed to the H1N1 virus have developed moderate to severe flu-like symptoms requiring more extensive treatments. Receiving an H1N1 vaccination is an effective method of preventing an H1N1 flu virus infection and its complications.
Influenza Vaccination Consent forms (both H1N1 and Seasonal Influenza), Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention Vaccine Information Statements and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Notice of Privacy Practices forms in both English and Spanish are being printed and distributed to public schools as vaccine becomes available. PGCPS parents and guardians should contact their childs school for further information. Consent forms are due back to the schools on specific dates per school.
School-aged children will be vaccinated as follows:
Elementary Schools Began October 9, 2009
- Two doses (each separated by 30 days) of the Influenza A H1N1 Intranasal Spray vaccine
- FluMist© Seasonal Influenza Intranasal Spray vaccine at a later date, when vaccine becomes available.
Middle and High Schools Began December 4, 2009
Dependent on vaccine availability, children who:
- are healthy and not pregnant, may be eligible to receive one dose of the Influenza A H1N1 Intranasal Spray Vaccine or injectable vaccine.
- have a chronic medical condition or who are pregnant, or are at risk for being pregnant are only eligible to receive the H1N1 Influenza Injectable Vaccine.
- FluMist© Seasonal Influenza Intranasal Spray vaccine may be available at a later date.
H1N1 School Vaccination Forms (PDF) in English and Spanish
Non-Public, Private and Parochial Schools
Private school students will also be provided vaccinations.
Parents and guardians should contact their child's school for further information.
Letter to Parents and Guardians of Non-Public School Students
H1N1 Schools Vaccination Forms (PDF) in English and Spanish
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