• Clinton Public School
    Seasonal and H1N1 Flu Information Page

    This page will contain updated information on the H1N1 virus and how it relates to the Clinton Public School Community.



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    GET FREE H1N1 FLU SHOT FEB 5
    The Hunterdon County Department of Health will offer a free H1N1 influenza clinic on Friday, February 5, from 4pm-8pm at Voorhees Regional High School in Glen Gardner. This event is open to the public and will serve individuals ages 6 months and older. Both injectable vaccine and FluMist vaccine will be offered. FluMist, which contains no preservatives, will be administered to healthy individuals ages 2-49, while the injectable vaccine will be available to individuals aged 6 months and older regardless of health condition.
     
     “This clinic is being offered for those who have not yet received their H1N1 vaccination, and for parents who are awaiting a chance to get their children the booster shot of H1N1 vaccine,” said John Beckley, health officer and director of the Hunterdon County Department of Health. According to Beckley, this may be the last H1N1 public clinic this flu season. “We’re continuously reassessing the pandemic trends while evolving our organizational capacities to deal with any possible resurgence.”
     
    Pre-registration is required.  Individuals under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  To pre-register, go to www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/health.htm <http://www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/health.htm> or contact the health department H1N1 call center at 908-237-7150. Specific questions can also be emailed to health@co.hunterdon.nj.us.
     
    Prior to arrival at the clinic, registered patients should read the Vaccine Information Form titled "What You Need to Know," and complete and sign the Vaccination Consent Form. Be sure to select the proper consent form that matches the type of vaccine you desire: FluMist or injectable. These forms can be found by clicking the link provided in an appointment confirmation e-mail registrants will receive. Consent forms will also be available at the clinic site.
     
    In the event of inclement weather, residents should call the H1N1 call center or check the county health department web site after 2pm on the day of the clinic.

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    The Health Department has expanded the January 23rd clinic to include vaccination for infants.  Our data indicates that infants and children may not be receiving their booster doses.  We are now offering on site registration between 10 AM and 12 noon.
     
    January 23 H1N1 Flu Clinic Free and Open to All
    The Hunterdon County Department of Health is opening its January 23 H1N1 influenza clinic to the widest possible age range. For starters, the event will feature free H1N1 flu shots for residents six months of age and up. Both FluMist and injectable vaccine will be available. Also offered will be booster shots and vaccination cards as a record of the booster for children who already received the initial H1N1 vaccination. Children can get a booster as either an injectable or nasal spray vaccination regardless of which type of vaccine they received first. FluMist is now available to healthy individuals 2-49 years of age. This is a change from the original 4-49 age range of previous county clinics. The event will also have on-site registration up until noon for those who do not have access to a computer.
     
    The January 23 clinic will be held at the Clinton Township Middle School in Clinton from 10am-4pm. Individuals under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  To pre-register, go to www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/health.htm or contact the health department H1N1 call center at 908-237-7150. Specific questions can also be emailed to health@co.hunterdon.nj.us.
     
    Prior to arrival at the clinic, registered patients should read the Vaccine Information Form titled "What You Need to Know," and complete and sign the Vaccination Consent Form. Be sure to select the proper consent form that matches the type of vaccine you desire: FluMist or injectable. These forms can be found by clicking the link provided in an appointment confirmation e-mail registrants will receive. Consent forms will also be available at the clinic site.
     
    In the event of inclement weather, residents should call the H1N1 call center or check the county health department web site after 8am on the day of the clinic.

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    PANDEMIC NOT OVER: GET H1N1 FLU SHOT

    One certainty about the current H1N1 influenza pandemic is its unpredictability. With the latest reports now classifying H1N1 flu as regional and not widespread, the risk of letting defenses down increases. Health experts are clear with their message that now is not the time to forget that we are still in a pandemic.

    “Children under 10 who received their first dose of H1N1 vaccine should be getting their “booster” shot,” said Dr. Geralyn Prosswimmer, Hunterdon Pediatrics Associates. “The current data we have indicates that well more than half of these kids have not yet received their second doses. Parents must understand that it’s not too late to get this second dose even if it’s been longer than a month. We are also reminding parents that now is a good time for children who have not yet received their first dose of H1N1 vaccine to take advantage of available vaccine supplies.”

    With vaccine now more plentiful, it can be administered to the general public through primary care physicians, at health department H1N1 clinics, and through some local pharmacies.

    “While we’re still concerned about the original ‘priority groups,’ we’re now reaching out to let everyone know we can offer free H1N1 shots,” said John Beckley, health officer and director of the Hunterdon County Department of Health.

    “We’re working hard to make the clinic experience a smooth one for residents,” said Rose Puelle, PhD, and director of the Public Health Preparedness division of the health department. “During our clinic last month, we surveyed a random portion of the attendees to assess how well we’re doing on those grounds. I’m happy to report that 91 percent of a pool of 241 individuals considered their clinic experience as excellent.”

    The next two free county health department H1N1 clinics will be January 16 at the Hunterdon County Complex on Rt. 12 in Raritan Township and January 23 at the Clinton Township Middle School in Clinton. Both clinics are from 10am-4pm and open to all residents age 4 and older. At both events injectable vaccine and FluMist vaccine will be offered. FluMist, which contains no preservatives, will be administered to healthy individuals age 4-49, while the injectable vaccine will be available to individuals age 10 and older regardless of health condition.

    Pre-registration is required for both clinics. Individuals under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. To pre-register, go to www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/health.htm or contact the health department H1N1 call center at 908-237-7150. Specific questions can also be emailed to health@co.hunterdon.nj.us.

    Prior to arrival at the clinic, registered patients should read the Vaccine Information Form titled "What You Need to Know," and complete and sign the Vaccination Consent Form. Be sure to select the proper consent form that matches the type of vaccine you desire: FluMist or injectable. These forms can be found by clicking the link provided in an appointment confirmation e-mail registrants will receive. Consent forms will also be available at the clinic site.

    In the event of inclement weather, residents should call the H1N1 call center or check the county health department web site after 8am on the day of the clinic.



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    Download the letter from the Hunterdon County Department of Health Letter
    #County of Hunterdon Department of Health

    October 28, 2009
    NEWS RELEASE
    Increased Flu Activity in Hunterdon Schools
    The county health department has received a number of reports from local school officials, private medical practices, and Hunterdon Medical Center of increasing flu-like illness in the county. The department’s surveillance information confirms this trend.

    These developments are expected as the H1N1 pandemic moves through our communities. The schools are taking the precautions they need to take to exclude sick students, to periodically disinfect commonly touched surfaces, and to reinforce the need for good respiratory hygiene among students and faculty. This includes stressing the need for frequent hand washing.

    Parents of sick children are reminded to hold their children home for at least 24 hours after absence of a fever (without the use of fever-reducing drugs). H1N1 vaccine remains in very short supply at this time. Almost all private physician offices in the county have registered to be H1N1 vaccinators when the vaccine arrives, and have orders placed. The health department also has ordered thousands of doses and is checking the status of these orders daily. The department is set to announce a series of seven public clinic dates and locations beginning in early November, pending vaccine delivery.

    Meanwhile, everyone should practice good cough hygiene, wash hands frequently, avoid sick individuals, stay home when sick, and wait for news announcing vaccine arrival. There are fact sheets for parents at the health department website (see H1N1 “Things to Know” then Advisories); www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/health

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    #State of New Jersey H1N1 Influenza Update
    Week of October 19th

    • State H1N1 Call Center - 1-866-321-9571 – New Jersey is operating a toll-free public information hotline on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The information line number is 1-866-321-9571. Call center operators will be able to provide general information about H1N1, vaccine safety and availability information, symptoms of H1N1 and flu preventive measures.

    • H1N1 Vaccine is Safe – All vaccines, including the H1N1 vaccine, are held to the highest standard of safety and are continually monitored. Each year, millions of Americans safely receive seasonal flu vaccines. The H1N1 vaccine is made the same way as seasonal flu vaccine by the same companies that make seasonal flu vaccine. The National Institute of Health (NIH) has conducted clinical trials for the H1N1 vaccine. The vaccine has been tested and safely used in children, pregnant woman, and adults.

    • State H1N1 Resource Center / Flu Shot Locator – The most up-to-date H1N1 influenza information can be found at: www.nj.gov/health/flu/h1n1. This website includes links on where to find seasonal flu shots. When the H1N1 vaccine is more widely available, this website will also have a search engine to find where you can get your H1N1 vaccine.

    • H1N1 Vaccine will Arrive in Stages Over a Three-Month Period – Shipments of the H1N1 vaccine will continue to arrive throughout this month and into November and December. Vaccine availability will be very limited at first and will increase over time.

    • What You Can Do to Stay Healthy
    o Stay informed, and take everyday actions to stay healthy.
    o Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
    o Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective.
    o Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
    o Stay home if you are sick.

    • Symptoms of H1N1 – The symptoms of H1N1 flu include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting.

    Click here to download the Week on Oct. 19th Update

    #The Centers for Disease Control have posted “Seasonal and H1N1 2009 Flu: A Guide for Parents, “ on their website at: Flyer: Seasonal and Novel H1N1 Flu: A Guide for Parents. Or download Guide for Parents

    Additional resources can be found on the CDC website at: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/freeresources


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    Rotary Club to sponsor flu shots
    This Saturday our Rotary club is having a community event at the Clinton
    FIrehouse.

    Flu shots, the county medical van, coat and food collection and the Town
    of CLinton Police will be on hand to do Kid ID and DNA life Prints. A
    new technology. See attached info about it.



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    - When to Consult Your Physician for Influenza-Like-Illness
    Issued by the Hunterdon County Health Department
    Read below or download.

    - Download a flowchart for further information.


    To: Public and Private Schools, School Nurses, Day Care Facilities
    and Preschools

    From: Karen Alelis, Epidemiologist
    Hunterdon County Health Department

    Phone: 908-788-1351
    Email: health@co.hunterdon.nj.us


    WHEN TO CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN FOR
    INFLUENZA-LIKE-ILLNESS (ILI)

    In order to help limit the spread of novel H1N1 virus (swine flu) the Hunterdon County Health Department is providing the attached flowchart for parents of children experiencing or showing symptoms of
    the flu.

    A child with Influenza Like Illness (ILI) should stay home from school or daycare for at least 24 hours after being free of fever (100°F [37.8°C]) or signs of a fever without the use of fever-reducing medications. This recommendation applies to schools, camps, daycare, pre-school, public gatherings and community settings.

    General information and guidelines from the CDC are available at www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu.

    #Return to School Note for Influenza (Flu)-Like-Illness

    The Hunterdon County Health Department and the Hunterdon County Superintendent of Schools strongly recommend that all school districts in Hunterdon County use the attached Return to School Note for Influenza (Flu)-Like-Illness.

    Letter from CPS - letter download

    Return to School note for influenza - Note download

Last Modified on January 29, 2010