NYC Swine Flu and Free Student Vaccine

by NYC Firm Schools on September 2, 2009

H1N1 programs for public and private NYC Schools are taking shape as the city begins its school year. Through a city program, all elementary school children will be offered a free swine flu shot this fall as part of a new strategy meant to fight against the spread of the virus. Though many have wondered if this would be a public-school only program, the H1N1 vaccine will be offered to both public and private school students.

According to the NYC’s website on the flu, there will be included in this program new “Flu Centers.” These flu centers will include all five boroughs and will also help track the spread of the H1N1 virus and update the main website daily with this information.

NYC Schools Sick Policy

  • In the past, the NYC school policy for sick children stated that any child with a fever of 100.4 or greater along with a sore throat or persistent cough must be sent home.
  • The new policy has lowered the threshold of that criteria to any child with a fever of 100 or greater along with a sore throat or persistent cough.

As a part of the NYC battle against H1N1 Swine Flu, there are a flurry of precautions and preventative campaigns ramping up. These include:

  • Creation of a one-stop influenza portal via the new website
  • A daily list of schools reporting five or more cases of flu-like illness.
  • Subway campaign ads, posters and classroom instruction
  • Nurse’s consultations available via 311
  • Hundreds of volunteer “flu fighters” who will visit senior centers, houses of worship, schools and other gathering places to educate New Yorkers

If your child is a NYC elementary student, in a public or private school, they will be offered a free flu vaccination in the fall.

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