Local school nurses got a crash course in everything H1N1 today.
Alabama health officials are preparing to get the vaccine into schools before an outbreak can occur.
Assistant state health officers and school nurses from around Alabama participated in this in-depth information session designed to protect every student from the H1N1 virus.
Dothan City School nurses took notes and listened intently as state health officers administered a large dose of H1N1 protocol.
“We want everybody to know what is happening,” said Doretha James, Lead School Nurse Coordinator with Dothan City Schools.
Tuesday's webinar is helping the 13 nurses in the school system brush up on their knowledge and skills regarding immunizations.
“It helps alleviate a lot of fear about this injection,” said James.
She says the more information people have, the smoother the entire process will go.
“There are some nurses that are going to be volunteering their services and some of them haven't given a shot in a long time. A lot this information was for them,” said James.
Nurses will play the role of support once the vaccine arrives.
Health department officials will be the ones actually administering the shots.
“We're going to help coordinate the clinic and help we're going to help give the shots when they become available. We are getting the building ready for them,” said James.
The program touched on everything from properly storing the vaccine to the paperwork that needs to be filled out after every injection.
The school system is coordinating with the state health department to ensure everything goes off without a hitch.
“We have already given the health department enrollment figures for each school. They have a schedule of which nurses are at each school that day so possibly they can schedule the clinic on the day the nurses are there so they can help,” said James.
She believes information like this can help quell fears.
“A lot of people are afraid of it because it's new; anytime something is new people are afraid,”
State health officials expect by January, 2.8 million doses of the H1N1 vaccine will be given out.
There is a lot of information as to who should get this vaccine, as well as when and how they should get it.
So make sure you check with your doctor before going in for the shot.
Receiving the h1n1 vaccine is completely voluntary.
Only students who bring back a form signed by their parents will get the shot.