Corry Area Middle-High School will host a free swine flu vaccination clinic Thursday for students, staff and community members.

The H1N1 shots will be given on a first-come, first-served basis and the event will be operated by the Erie Center on Health and Aging.

The clinic is set to be held inside the new gymnasium and will be broken into two sessions.

From 1 to 3 p.m., vaccinations will be given to middle-high school students and staff only. Permission slips will be sent home with students under the age of 18 and must be signed and returned by Thursday. If a child does not have a signed permission slip, they will not be given the vaccination.

The clinic will be open to community members from 3 to 6 p.m., and all children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The total number of vaccinations that will be brought to the school is unknown, said Sue Scalise, R.N., Corry middle-high school nurse. However, Scalise did provide health and aging representatives with student and faculty population figures.

“Beyond that, I’m not sure how many they will bring,” said Scalise, who will help oversee the clinic.

Parents of elementary students who would like their child to receive a shot must bring them to the school during the 3 to 6 p.m. session.

The clinic is targeting specific high-risk groups. Anyone who falls within the following categories are being encouraged to attend Thursday:

• Pregnant women

• Caretakers of children younger than 6 months of age

• Health-care and emergency medical services personnel

• Persons between the ages of 6 months and 24 years old (a special dose will be given to babies and toddlers between the ages of 6 months and 3 years old)

• Persons 25 to 64 years of age with chronic health disorders or compromised immune systems.

Since the beginning of the school year, Scalise has been working with several health organizations — including the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Erie County Department of Health — in an effort to bring H1N1 vaccinations to Corry.

Because not all area school districts have been successful in securing a communitywide clinic, Scalise feels fortunate.

“I think this is really going to help,” she said about protecting the community from any future swine flu outbreaks.

Meanwhile, Corry Memorial Hospital has received its requested 800 doses of the H1N1 vaccination, said Jim Gervase, the hospital’s director of pharmacy.

“We are administering those doses as quickly as possible, and by Monday, we will have administered the vaccinations to all of our employees and physicians, Gervase said. “Then we will be ready to offer the remaining doses to other health care professionals in the community.”

See the Journal's Friday, November 13th edition for full story.

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