Isham Health Center recently received another supply of H1N1 flu vaccine
from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. If you have submitted a signed consent form and your child has not yet received the H1N1 flu vaccine
, please encourage him/her to come to Isham to be vaccinated between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
on Thursday, December 10 or Friday, December 11. A pre-announced H1N1 flu vaccine clinic was held on the evening of December 3 for unvaccinated students with consent forms on file, but a fair number did not come. If you want your child to receive the H1N1 vaccine, but have not sent in a consent form, it's not too late. Consent forms
are available. We have not seen any students with a flu-like illness in the health center for the past month, and nationally, the numbers of probable H1N1 flu cases have been falling for the past 4 to 5 weeks. However, medical authorities remain uncertain as to if and when a third wave of H1N1 flu activity will affect the country.
The academy has not been unable to obtain any seasonal flu vaccine
to date, but there are signs that the national supply may soon be opening up. If your child has not yet received the seasonal flu vaccine, we encourage you to try to obtain it from your primary care provider over the upcoming vacation break. We do expect to finally obtain some doses of the seasonal flu vaccine by January, but the earlier one receives the vaccine, the better.