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Health department to offer nasal flu vaccines

September 19, 2011

Officials with the Washington County Health Department, in coordination with Washington County Public Schools, will offer nasal influenza vaccines to children in prekindergarten through fifth grade.

The availability of Federal Immunization Stimulus funding has given the health department the ability to provide the vaccines free of charge. Participation in the program is strictly voluntary, and students must receive parental permission before receiving the vaccine.  

The  health department nursing staff will administer the first vaccines in September and October. Some children will require two doses of the vaccine. Nursing staff will administer the second dose in November and December. Parents or guardians with questions about their child’s medical eligibility for the vaccine can contact their health care provider or their school nurse.

The health department is at 1302 Pennsylvania Ave. in Hagerstown.

For more information, go to www.washhealth.org.

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