Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Schoolchildren may be first in line for H1N1 flu vaccine this fall — and might even be able to get the shot right at school.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told The Associated Press she is taking that possible scenario to school superintendents, urging them to start planning now in case the government needs their buildings as part of a mass vaccination campaign.
No decision has been made yet on whether and how to vaccinate millions of Americans against the new flu strain that's circulating the globe. But because younger people so far seem most susceptible to this new flu, Sebelius says school-age children could be among the first groups targeted for the shots.
She gave the update in an interview with The AP on Tuesday.