Maine Morning Sentinal
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Maine is preparing for a “mass vaccination” of students to guard against the spread of the H1N1 virus and its more common cousin, seasonal influenza, the state’s top doctor said Friday.
The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention has secured more than 200,000 doses of seasonal influenza vaccine, enough for all of Maine’s school children, said Dr. Dora Anne Mills, CDC director.
She’s urging parents to see that their children receive the seasonal flu vaccination in September. In October, the state expects to receive a supply of H1N1, or swine flu, vaccine from the federal government, and Maine schools will offer free doses to students.
“It really is important for all children in our schools to be vaccinated,” Education Commissioner Susan Gendron told reporters Friday morning at a press conference with Mills and Brenda Harvey, Maine’s Health and Human Services commissioner.
This article was posted: Sunday, August 2, 2009 at 5:14 am