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H1N1 vaccine clinics set at Hudson schools

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Hudson students will be able to receive the H1N1 flu vaccine at two clinics scheduled for next week. The clinics, which are sponsored by the Hudson School District in cooperation with St. Croix County Public Health, are open to students from Hudson public schools as well as those from St. Patrick's, Trinity Academy, other private schools and home-schooled students. These clinics are not open to the general public.

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The first will be at the Hudson Middle School on Wednesday, Dec. 16 from 11 a.m.-2:15 p.m. and 2:45 p.m.-7 p.m. A second clinic is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 17 at Hudson High School from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 3-7 p.m. No appointments are necessary and the vaccine is free.

Children aged six months through 24 years are among the target populations currently eligible to receive the H1N1 vaccine. Both the shot and nasal form of the vaccine will be available at the school clinics.

Parents and guardians are required to sign a vaccination consent form prior to receiving the vaccine. Forms are available on the district's Web site at as well as at each school building. Completed and signed forms must be returned to the student's school prior to Dec. 10. Students who have already submitted a consent form do not need to complete another. Students must have a completed form to receive the vaccine. The clinics are extended into the evening to allow for younger students to receive the vaccine accompanied by their parents. Students in grade 6-12 do not require a parent or guardian present at the time of immunization. Students in grades kindergarten through fifth-grade must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to receive the vaccine.

It is recommended that students under the age of 10 receive two doses of the H1N1 vaccine. The CDC recommends a spacing of four weeks between doses. According to the district, students in kindergarten through grade 12 will receive the nasal form of the vaccine. The injectable form will be used for those students with health concerns or if parents have indicated specific circumstances requiring the injectable vaccine.

For more information about the school district clinics, contact school nurses Sharon Kaltenberg at (715)377-3710 or Lisa Kein at (715)377-3805. More information and the vaccine consent forms are available at the district's website at www.hudson.k12.wi.us Additional information is available from the public health department at www.co.saint-croix.wi.us/flu or call the Influenza Phone Bank at (715)246-8224.

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