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S.D. Schools To House H1N1 School Clinics

Isiah Harris receives an H1N1 influenza vaccine at Rush University Medical Center October 6, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois.
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Above: Isiah Harris receives an H1N1 influenza vaccine at Rush University Medical Center October 6, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois.

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Aired 10/26/09

San Diego County's Health and Human Services Agency wants to set up H1N1 clinics at San Diego public schools in order to qui

— San Diego County's Health and Human Services Agency wants to set up H1N1 clinics at San Diego public schools in order to quickly vaccinate large numbers of children.

The San Diego Unified school board will vote tomorrow on whether to free up district space so public health officials can create makeshift vaccination clinics for students and nearby residents. The trustees will likely approve the action because the county's emergency preparedness plan calls for schools to be used for that.

Public health officials announced just last week there have been swine flu outbreaks at almost 30 San Diego County schools over the past few weeks.

San Diego Unified's Jack Brandais says the county is relying on schools to vaccinate a lot of kids in a short period in time.

“Schools have big open spaces and they're in a lot of locations that might be central to one thing or another,” Brandais said. “So this is something that our staff is aware of and looks at as one of our responsibilities as being part of the community.”

Details about how many schools will house the clinics, when they'll be open, and how they'll operate are expected after the school board vote.

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