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School H1N1 Vaccine Clinics Underway

Fern Creek Elementary School was among the first in Louisville to hold an H1N1 vaccination clinic. The county-wide clinics started today for all public, private and parochial schools in Louisville.Principal Cheryl Rigsby says Fern Creek Elementary has nearly 800 students, and about half of them returned permission slips to get an H1N1 shot or nasal mist.“A lot of them that sent them back in that were not participating did not participate because they had chosen to get it at their own doctor’s office," says Rigsby, "so I would say after all is said and done, most of our children will have received the vaccination.”

JCPS Health Services Director Bonnie Ciarroccki says they’ve received about 20-thousand permission slips, but that isn’t a reliable number to estimate how many children will be getting vaccinated. That’s because schools only have to turn in their numbers two days in advance of their clinic, and the clinics are going on for three weeks.