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29

Swine Flu H1N1 Vaccine Update for Mendham Township, NJ

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We’ve just received the following H1N1 Influenza Update via London and Maddie’s “Backpack Mail,” so I thought I would share it with any of you who are seeking information about swine flu shots in the Mendham, Bernardsville, and Morris and  Somerset County NJ area.  The first part of the letter outlines basic healthy and hygiene practices, but farther down you’ll find details on who “qualifies” for the first round of H1N1 vaccines, and when and where to get them.

Dear Parents and Guardians,

With the peak of flu season just around the corner, we are beginning to see an increase in the number of students demonstrating influenza like illness. As with all past notices on this topic, we encourage you to make sure that you are reinforcing healthy habits with your child in your home as we are in school. We must all remember the following basics:

  • Wash hands frequently and/or use hand sanitizer;
  • When sneezing or coughing, use a tissue to cover your nose and mouth;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth as germs spread easily that way;
  • If someone is ill they must stay home;
  • If ill with a fever and other flu‐like symptoms, a doctor shoulAll illness must be reported to school office; and
  • Be sure to get plenty of rest and eat a healthy, balanced diet.

If a child is out ill with two or more influenza‐like symptoms, he or she will be required to remain out of school for at least 24 hours after the last sign of a fever without the use of fever‐reducing medication. Our school nurses will require the submission of paperwork documenting the child’s illness that must be completed prior to re‐entry to school. Upon re‐entry, the school nurse will take the student’s temperature to ensure that he or she is fever free.

H1N1 Vaccination Clinics

The Bernards Township Health Department is the contractual health agency for Mendham Township and will be facilitating public H1N1 Vaccination Clinics.  The ‘first round’ of health department clinics will only focus on the following high‐risk categories:

  • Pregnant women;
  • People who live with or care for infants under six months of age;
  • Health care and emergency medical service personnel with direct patient contact;
  • Children 6 months through 4 years of age;
  • Children 5 years through 18 years of age who have chronic medical conditions

For your convenience the health department is using an appointment based system. Preliminary health department clinics will be held from 4pm to 7pm:

  • at Ridge High School in Basking Ridge on November 2,
  • at West Morris Mendham High School in Mendham on November 3,
  • and at Bernards High School in Bernardsville on November 4

For an appointment please refer to the website www.greatersomerseth1n1.org (also called the Somerset County ‘Shotline’) for an online appointment or by calling (908) 533‐9330. Residents can attend any clinic in any town listed on the Somerset County Shotline or choose to attend any clinic throughout Morris County and the State of New Jersey. In addition, please check with your private pediatrician or health care provider for availability of vaccine. Residents should check the Bernards Township Health Department website for updated local clinic information at www.bernardshealth.org. Should clinics be cancelled due to vaccine shortage, they will be rescheduled once vaccine is replenished. As additional supplies of vaccine become available, more will be able to receive it. Vaccination for H1N1 remains optional at this time, and you should consult your doctor with any questions or concerns. The Center for Disease ontrol continues to provide updated guidance on its website www.flu.gov as does the New Jersey Department of Health, www.state.nj.us/health .

Wishing you a healthy autumn,
Kristopher Harrison

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