Plans for H1N1 vaccine clinics underway

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The World Health Organization now reports that nearly 5,000 people have died from H1N1, including 200 deaths just in the last week. But, East Texas health officials say plans are underway to keep you and your family safe.

Crowds lined the streets across the country - waiting for an H1N1 Vaccine. There are no lines in East Texas just yet, but schools will soon be the place to be.

"We know that the private physicians do not have enough vaccines to cover all [children]," said Russell Hopkins with The Northeast Texas Public Health District.

The Health District teamed up with 40 school districts and nine private schools to provide free vaccines to children.

"There are tentative dates set," Hopkins said. "They have been pushed back as delivery of the vaccines have been delayed."

"We've been planning so we are ready when they are ready and they are just waiting on their supplies to come in," said Nancy Jones, the head nurse at Tyler ISD.

She said clinics will most likely be set up on all of their campuses.

"If it is right there in their neighborhood, it is a lot easier than going across town," said Jones. "And, having it accessible, maybe more of our families will be able to take advantage, and if that's the case, more of our children will get vaccinated."

TISD clinics will take place after school, and parents must be with their child to get a vaccine.

"It's not mandatory," said Jones. "It's at the parents discretion."

Consent forms must be filled out. Hopkins said there's no chance a child can be accidentally vaccinated.

"We work very hard to make sure that all those consents will be on hand," said Hopkins.

All hands will be on deck once enough vaccines arrive. Schools districts say they will notify parents once clinic dates have been set and plans are finalized.

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