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H1N1 available at local schools

Vaccinations for H1N1 virus, known as the swine flu, will be administered in the Selma City Schools on Wednesday and Thursday by the Dallas County Health Department.

General consent forms were sent home with students the first week in November, but did not specify a date the vaccines would be brought to the schools.

“They wanted to see how many they could get from each school before setting a date,” said Beth Taylor, principal of Byrd Elementary. “We encouraged everybody to do it. This may be their only chance to get it.”

Only students in kindergarten to third grade will be given the vaccines Wednesday and Thursday.

Other grades will be given the vaccinations at a later date.

Meadowview Elementary has had several students turn in the paperwork after the initial collection date.

“It was a reasonable interest in this,” said Jeanne Brust, principal of Meadowview Elementary.

After having time to consider the vaccination, more people have brought in their paperwork for the vaccination.

“Parents had an adequate time to make a decision or consult anyone to make a decision,” Brust said.

Wednesday, vaccinations will be available at Meadowview Elementary at 8 a.m., Byrd at 10 a.m., Knox Elementary at 12:30 p.m. and Payne Elementary at 1 p.m.

Thursday, vaccinations will be available at Cedar Park at 11 a.m., Edgewood Elementary at 11:45 a.m. and Sophia P. Kingston at 1 p.m.