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40,000 Valley Kids Expected to Get H1N1 Shot by Week’s End

• ABC15 via e-mail from JZucker (THANKS!)
Reported by: Jodie Heisner
Reported by: Tim Vetscher
Last Update: 7:23 am  
PHOENIX -- Swine flu vaccination clinics will begin in Maricopa County elementary schools November 2nd, according to Mollen Immunization CEO John Roehm.

It was up to the district to choose the elementary schools where these first clinics will be held. 

Nearly 60 schools have so far been chosen, with 35 beginning rounds of inoculations Monday morning.

Emily Armstrong is a kindergartner at Desert Springs Elementary School in Scottsdale, one of the first school's scheduled to hold a flu clinic for students on Monday.

Her father, Brock Armstrong, said though some parents are wary of the vaccine, he is happy his daughter has the chance to get it.

"We believe it's safe, we're not worried about the shot causing problems. We're more concerned with other people getting sick and the girls getting sick," he said.

Armstrong is also glad the school is taking the initiative, saying "I think we're very fortunate, I appreciate the administration going out of the way to protect the kids and the employees."

Other Valley parents aren't as enthusiastic about the vaccine, like Matt Obele, whose two daughters also attend Desert Springs.

"I don't know if it went through enough research to make sure its going to work," Obele said. "Before we start inocculating our kids, we want to make sure its the right thing to do at the right time."

Like many other parents Obele has concerns about how quickly the vaccine hit the market and questions it's effectiveness.

"I want to see how it works out, I'm not sold on it just yet," he said.

The vaccination will cost $15 without insurance and signed permission slips will be required.

Health officials said no child will be turned away for the H1N1 vaccine for nonpayment.

Forty thousand Valley kids are expected to get the vaccine by the end of the week.
(This list is subject to change as it evolves)

Student registrations are conducted online through the website at

There are numerous insurances that will cover the cost of the vaccine administration fee for the H1N1. Find out about them at this link.

Both the seasonal influenza and H1N1 vaccines are offered at the schools for the children and the vaccines can be administered simultaneously.
Click on link to see the list of schools participating (in case you want to know where to hang the banners or hand out infopamphlets! - Ed).

2 Comments in Response to

Comment by Charzhome S.
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"Three more children Vaccinated Against Parents' Wishes"

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Comment by Michele Power
Entered on: this is what I found when I went to my daughter's government school's website.  I wonder what they mean when they say:  "directions for providing consent will be provided"???   

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