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To vaccinate or not to vaccinate?

Burgess holds H1N1 flu clinic

Ellie Dupre, 11, of Sturbridge gives momís hand a squeeze as Jan Mendrek administers a shot at the H1N1 clinic Saturday at Burgess Elementary School. Shawn Kelley. (click for larger version)
December 13, 2009
STURBRIDGE —†At this point in the year, the only thing most kids are willing to stand in line for is a chat with Santa Claus.

On Saturday, however, Sturbridge students were lined up outside the gymnasium at Burgess Elementary School, many of them waiting to receive the second round of their H1N1 flu vaccinations.

The vaccine is delivered in two stages for children under 9 years old.

This most recent clinic on Dec. 12 was the last of several clinics aimed specifically at Sturbridge's student population. Other than young people, target groups, as identified by the federal Center of Disease Control and Prevention, are expecting mothers, new fathers, health care professionals and people with weakened immune systems. They were also in line for vaccines at each of the clinics.

Sturbridge Health Agent Alyssa Rusiecki explained the idea behind the clinic was to get the remaining student inoculations out of the way before opening it up to people in those other categories.

"We asked that the younger children come first," Rusiecki said.

For more on this story, please see Monday's Southbridge Evening News.

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