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More than 2,000 vaccinated at Hudson schools

Among those getting the H1N1 vaccine was Hudson Prairie teacher Chloe Brine.1 / 2
Prairie Elementary student Andrew Janisch, 9, received the nasal vaccine at the Hudson Middle School Clinic last week. He said he could "sort of taste it" just after it was administered.2 / 2

H1N1 flu shot clinics held at Hudson High School and Hudson Middle School proved popular for students and their parents last week.

According to the St. Croix County Public Health Department, which coordinated the clinics with the Hudson School District, 1,061 vaccinations were administered at the middle school and 969 at the HHS.

The H1N1 flu vaccine, in both the shot and nasal spray, is now available to the general public. Many of the parents showing up with their children for the school clinics were not aware that they could be vaccinated as well but did so when they received the news.

St. Croix County Public Health Officer Wendy Kramer was at the Hudson clinics last week and was glad to see so many people getting the vaccine. She said that despite a slight decline in reported cases in recent weeks, residents of St. Croix County are still becoming ill from the H1N1 virus. Kramer said the reported cases of flu in the county are higher than at this time last year and most of those cases are H1N1. She added that the virus seems to come in waves and residents should expect that cases will increase again before the end of flu season.

"It is also very early in the flu season so people still should get the vaccine to avoid getting it. Flu season runs from October through April. We know that getting the vaccine not only reduces the number of cases but can also save lives. By getting vaccinated, we can reduce the number of people missing work or school and that has an important impact on the community as a whole," said Kramer.

There will be six H1N1 clinics open to the public around St. Croix County in January in addition to the walk-in clinic held every Monday at the Public Health Department in New Richmond. Specific information on the upcoming clinics can be found on the department's website at or by calling the Influenza Phone Bank at (715)246-8224.

Meg Heaton

Meg Heaton has been a reporter with the Hudson Star Observer since 1990. She has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and Native American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

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