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#1 of 3 Old 10-15-2003, 08:41 PM - Thread Starter
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I don't know if you have to register to access this, but the gist of it is that a local elementary school is participating in a study of FluMist to determine whether if reduces absenteeism.

The Dr. King referred to below is the chief of general pediatrics at University of Maryland Hospital.

"The schools are a really neat place to vaccinate children in a painless and needless form," King said. "We were only approved and funded to do one school, so we had to pick our favorite school."

Uh-huh. Favorite school indeed. I think, but am not sure that the school in question has a higher enrollment of kids in lower income brackets as well as more minority students (of which there aren't many in our county).

The complete and thorough answers that King provided resulted in many parents believing that the product had no downfall, and many couldn't wait for the study to begin.

"I really didn't see any downfalls with it," said Renee Lease of Union Bridge, who has a first-grader at the school. "I want to see this get started."

If their parents choose to have them take part in the study, Elmer Wolfe students will receive the nasal influenza vaccine in both nostrils from a registered nurse between October 2003 and January 2004. In the seven days that follow, students' parents or guardians will record any vaccination illness symptoms, medication use, medical visits and missed days of school. At the end of the flu season, parents fill out an anonymous questionnaire about flu illness, medication usage and work or school days missed since the vaccine was administered.
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Actually, the jerk got it right!
"The schools are a really neat place to vaccinate children in a painless and needless form,"

I wonder if they compensate the parents who refuse for the time their kid will have to stay out of school because they don't want him/her catching a mutated version of the three strains of flu these other kids will be shedding. GRRRR!
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#3 of 3 Old 10-16-2003, 03:23 AM
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At least children are exlemplary in the area of cleanliness! I'm sure they will not share food/drink/gum/pencils, etc. And they're soooo good about washing hands, covering thier mouths when they cough and sneeze. There should be no problems. :

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