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Hillsborough to begin swine flu vaccinations Tuesday



TAMPA -- Vaccinations against the H1N1 virus will be starting Tuesday morning at a few Hillsborough County schools, officials said Friday.

The first swine flu inoculations will be given to students with chronic health conditions and others who fall into high risk groups.

Other school districts in the Tampa Bay region are several weeks behind Hillsborough, with the first inoculations not due to begin until the end of the month or later.

"The first vaccinations will be administered at Caminiti and Lavoy exceptional student education (ESE) centers beginning at approximately 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, followed by Dover (Willis Peters) and Eisenhower ESE centers," said Hillsborough spokeswoman Linda Cobbe in a statement. "Lopez ESE Center and D.W. Waters and Simmons career center students will receive vaccines on Wednesday, Oct. 21, and, if necessary Thursday, Oct. 22."

By the following week, middle and high school students will be able to get a shot or nasal mist inoculation during school hours, while elementary students can get vaccinated after school with a parent at neighborhood high schools. All students must have a signed permission slip to get vaccinated, officials said.

A complete schedule of inoculation sites and times will be posted on the district's Web site, along with permission slips and information sheets.

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-- Tom Marshall, Times Staff Writer

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:39am]


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