H1N1 Flu - NYC Department of Education Plan
Last update: October 23, 2009
The NYC Department of Health is working with schools to offer the H1N1 vaccine at no cost to parents at elementary schools starting in late October/early November. If you want your child to receive the H1N1 vaccine, you must complete, sign, and return the Consent/Screening form. Please return the form to your school no later than three days after you receive it. By signing this form, you authorize your child to receive both doses of the H1N1 influenza vaccine. If you submit the consent form and then later decide that you do NOT want your child to be vaccinated, please call HLA and ask to speak with the nurse.
Also, the Department of Health is also running free public H1N1 vaccination clinics on weekends in each borough for middle and high school students. To find locations and dates for these clinics go to www.nyc.gov/flu or call 311. You can also download the weekend clinic vaccine dispensing list here >>
The New York City Department of Education is regularly reviewing and updating its H1N1 plan in response to health developments. On September 30th, the NYC DOE provided an update on vacinations and how to report absences related to H1N1. Download the September 30th Update >>
To access additional information about H1N1 from the NYC DOE, please go to http://schools.nyc.gov/Home/Spotlight/jkh1n1.htm.
The attached fact sheet has important information for parents. It explains how you can protect against the flu, what to do if your child has flu-like symptoms, when to call a doctor, when to take your child to the hospital, and how the City decides whether to close a school. It also offers tips and resources for coping with the situation.