Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Home-schooled kids out of the loop

Should home-schooled children be able to receive the H1N1 vaccine from their local school district? Here is an interesting article in today's Courier Times about that very topic . . .

It appears only a handful of Bucks County school districts are sending H1N1 vaccine information and permission forms to home-schooled students. Middletown resident Cathy Gallagher breathed a sign of relief when she learned last week that Neshaminy students would get swine flu vaccines later this month. Then school district officials told her that her 17-year-old daughter Brianna wouldn't get one.

The reason, Gallagher said, is that Brianna is home schooled through a cyber charter school, meaning technically she isn't a Neshaminy student. "You should have the chance to get vaccinated," Gallagher said. "It's a sin if you go there and they have leftover vaccine because people didn't have the opportunity. I never thought it was going to be a problem."

So far, it appears only a handful of school districts are sending vaccine information and permission forms to home-schooled students. They are: Bensalem, Council Rock, Pennsbury and Palisades. The Bucks County Health Department, which is running the clinics for the 13 school districts, didn't provide specific direction regarding home-schooled children, Director David Damsker said.

The Courier Times was unsuccessful Monday in reaching the following school districts for comment about whether they're including home-schooled students in H1N1 vaccine clinics: Bristol, Centennial, Morrisville, Neshaminy, New Hope-Solebury, Pennridge and Quakertown.

Click here to read the rest of the article.

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