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Parents consider H1N1 vaccine for their kids

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Area health officials are scrambling to get enough supply of the H1N1 vaccine for Dane County's 80,000 students.

Starting October 19, the city-county health department will go district by district, vaccinating children.

In the meantime, schools are getting the word out to parents, including the permission slips. School children can not be vaccinated without a signed consent form from their parents or guardians. Some parents have already made up their minds.

"I do plan to have my children vaccinated," said Kim Miller of Fitchburg. "I think H1N1 may be more serious than the average flu, especially in young people. So, I think it's a good idea to be vaccinated."

Some parents have opted to pass on the vaccine for their kids. They say it's too new and symptoms aren't severe enough to warrant the vaccine.

Still, the Dane County health department insists the H1N1 version will be as safe as any other flu vaccine.

For some parents, that vote of confidence is enough. "If they feel it's that safe, I think it's safe enough for the kids to have and they should have it," said Susan Shannon of DeForest. "All they can do is the prevention part. Nobody really knows what's going to happen."

Children under age 10 need two doses of the H1N1 vaccine, according to Dane County health -- those booster doses will be available later in the year.

PHMDC Flu Line: 243-0555 Forms and schedules

E-mail Jeff Angileri -- jangileri@wkowtv.com

 

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