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First H1N1 vaccination clinic draws thousands to Spring View Middle School

By: Lauren Gibbs, The Placer Herald
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More than 1,000 Rocklin students received doses of the H1N1 vaccine last week.
It was the kick-off vaccination clinic for Rocklin Unified School Distinct, with another clinic set for Dec. 14 at Rocklin High School.
The line wrapped through the school and out onto 5th Street last Thursday at Spring View Middle School — the site of the district’s first H1N1 vaccine clinic. The Placer County Health Department released that 1,283 first- through 12th-grade students were immunized last Thursday — 502 by nasal and 781 by injection, said Betty Di Regolo, director of special education and special programs at RUSD.
A total of 544 students were 9 years old or younger and will need a second dose of the vaccine, Di Regolo said.
“Even though it was a long wait and cold, it was all positive comments from parents,” she said. “Parents were so happy that they were able to get the vaccination for their students.”
Holly Nelson brought her son, 12-year-old Noah Dutton, to get vaccinated last week. They were one of the first in line, after waiting about two hours before the clinic started, Nelson said.
“Better to be safe than sorry,” Nelson said. “With school and they’re always sharing everything.”
Dutton opted for the nasal spray, which he said felt like a small amount of water going into his nose, but admitted it beat getting a shot.
Nine-year-old Rachel Byrd said her nasal vaccine tickled, but that was the extent of it.
Byrd’s mom, Jennifer, said she was happy when the district let parents know about the vaccination clinics.
“I’m not going to take any chances,” she said. “I was really freaked because the doctor had none (doses of the H1N1 vaccine). When I got a call this was happening, I was very happy.”
Stations were set up inside Spring View’s multi purpose room with nurses from the health department set up to give students a quick immunization.
Placer County Health and Human Services and the Placer County Office of Education are working together to make the most out of the H1N1 vaccine doses the county has received so far. Planned throughout November are school-based clinics this month aimed at providing the vaccine, for free, to as many students as possible.
Mark Starr, Placer County director of community health and clinics, said the county’s health department has received some 20,000 doses of the vaccine, with the majority meant for students at this point.
The H1N1 vaccine comes in two forms, a nasal version containing a live attenuated virus and an injectable formulation contains an inactivated strain of the virus.
Last week’s clinic drew such a crowd, some students had to be turned away, Di Regolo said. But they will have the first chance at the vaccination during the second clinic in December. For students age 9 and younger who are advised to have two doses, information will be given through the child’s school, Di Regolo said.
For more information on the district’s clinics, go to RUSD Web site at www.rocklin.k12.ca.us. For more information, contact the Placer County Health Department at (530) 889-7141 or www.placer.ca.gov, or the local school nurse.
Last week’s clinic went smoothly due to a few groups who pitched in, including Marjorie Crawford and Marty Flowers, middle school administrators; Jr. ROTC cadets, Colonel Echegaray and Senior Master Sergeant Terry Barber; Rocklin Unified School District elementary principals; Rocklin Unified employee volunteers; Rocklin Unified Food Services; School Nurse Susan Firchau; Rocklin Police Department; and Rocklin Police Department volunteers.
~ Loryll Nicolaisen contributed to this story.

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Where can Rocklin students get the H1N1 vaccine?
Clinic 2: 3-7 p.m. Dec. 14 at Rocklin High School, 5301
Victory Lane
Clinic 3: TBD in January 2010
Free shuttle: During clinic hours, shuttle will stop at Rocklin Elementary, Live Oak Trailer Park, Woodside/ Sequoia, Antelope Creek Elementary and Sammy Way
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