BRADENTON — Starting later this month, the second dose of the H1N1 flu vaccine required for children younger than 10 years old will be available at public schools across Manatee County.
All elementary school students who received the first dose of vaccine on or before Dec. 20 are eligible to receive a second dose, said John Burns, a spokesman for the Manatee County Heath Department, which is partnering with the Manatee County school district to distribute the vaccine.
“Children under age 10 require a second dose to get the full immunity they need,” said Burns.
Both nasal and injectable forms of the vaccine will be available, and Burns said that parents can choose which method they prefer.
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Parents or guardians must accompany their child at the time of vaccination and must bring their child’s H1N1 vaccination card, issued with the first dose of vaccine, said Mike Barber, a school district spokesman.
Original parental authorization forms, completed for the first dose of vaccine, will be provided at six scheduled clinic sites.
Additional parental authorization forms will be available at the clinics if needed, Barber said.
Clinics will be held at one elementary school and six middle school gymnasiums on the following dates:
n Jan. 13, from 3:30 to 7 p.m. at Harllee Middle School gym, 6423 Ninth St. E., Bradenton, for students at Abel Elementary, Bayshore Elementary, Daughtrey Elementary and Kinnan Elementary.
n Jan. 13, from 3:30 to 7 p.m. at Nolan Middle School gym, 6615 Greenbrook Blvd., Lakewood Ranch, for students at Braden River Elementary, McNeal Elementary, Tara Elementary and Willis Elementary.
n Jan. 21, from 4 to 6 p.m., at Myakka Elementary, 37025 Manatee Ave., Myakka City, for students at Myakka Elementary and Duette Elementary.
n Jan. 27, from 3:30 to 7 p.m., at King Middle School Gym, 600 75th St. W., Bradenton, for students at Anna Maria Elementary, Ballard Elementary, Miller Elementary, Moody Elementary, Palma Sola Elementary, Prine Elementary, Sea Breeze Elementary and Stewart Elementary.
n Jan. 27 from 3:30 to 7 p.m., at Haile Middle School gym, 9501 State Road 64 E., Bradenton, for students at Bashaw Elementary, Freedom Elementary, Gullett Elementary, Williams Elementary and Witt Elementary.
n Feb. 3, from 3:30 to 7 p.m., at Johnson Middle School gym, 2121 26th Ave., Bradenton, for students at Manatee Elementary, Orange Ridge-Bullock Elementary, Rogers Garden Elementary, Rowlett Elementary, Samoset Elementary and Wakeland Elementary.
n Feb. 3, from 3:30 to 7 p.m., at Lincoln Middle School gym, 305 17th St. E., Palmetto, for students at Blackburn Elementary, Mills Elementary, Palmetto Elementary, Palm View Elementary and Tillman Elementary.
Parents also may choose to get the second dose of vaccine at their physician’s office, the public clinic at the Manatee Convention and Civic Center today or any of the other sites offering the vaccination.
The Manatee County Health Department is hosting the event at the civic center, 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto. It is free and runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.