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Kids apprehensive about Swine Flu vaccine

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by Janjeera Hail

Public Health officials were at Agueda Johnston Middle School in Ordot today to administer doses of the H1N1 Virus vaccine.  Spokesperson Cindy Hanson says the clinic went well, but that she found that some students had misconceptions about the nasal spray form of the vaccine.

"When we talk about the nasal spray, they seem to think they're getting a needle up the nose," she explained.  "So if there's any children watching it, it's not a needle it's a spray kind of like those antihistamine sprays and it just goes up like water and it's nothing to be scared of it. Doesn't hurt."

The next school-wide vaccinations will take place at Okkodo High School on Thursday and Tamuning Elementary School on December 12.  

Meanwhile, Public Health will hold its first point of dispensing this Saturday at the University of Guam Field House from 9am-4pm.  Target groups include individuals from 6 months to 24 years old, pregnant women, and people with health risks that may lead to complications from influenza - are encouraged to get vaccinated.

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