Surprise Flu Vaccine In Fresno

October 25, 2009 6:17:42 PM PDT
Fresno Unified school district was vaccinating kids against the H1N1 flu during the annual Kids First Fest Sunday.Many parents were surprised to learn that the Fresno Unified school district was vaccinating kids against the H1N1 flu during the annual Kids First Fest Sunday.

The school district just received the H1N1mist over a week ago. It's been administered at their health clinic until Sunday when nurses showed up with it at the annual Kids First Festival.

"Ok, so this goes on this side. Squirt. Suck it in. Good job. Good job," said Robyn Smith, a nurse practitioner to 6-year old Dylan Plemons.

And just like that Dylan should not have to worry about catching the H1N1 flu.

"Make your eyes water just a little bit," asked Smith.

"I don't like water up my nose," he said.

"I know.."

His mother Karen Dulik said she prefers the mist to a shot any day.

Dulik: "We've had to hold him down and it's really scary, a shot hurts. I don't like it myself. So the mist is a lot better and easier to take."

What was even easier was how the Dulick family got the mist, at this mobile health unit during Fresno Unified's annual Kids First Festival.

Smith: "I don't see any difference with this even with seasonal flu as far as the safety of administering it."

By noon sunday, 30 doses were administered. Only Fresno Unified students between the age of 2 and 9 could take advantage of this free service, like Dylan.

Many parents did not know about this service Sunday. That's on purpose. The school district has a very limited supply of H1N1 nasal mist.

Smith and her team showed up with 200 vaccines. Once the mist runs out it could be several more weeks before they receive more.

In four weeks Dylan will have to get the second dose. Fresno Unified has 7 school sites they plan to administer the mist until the run out.



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