Some Oklahoma kids need swine flu booster

BY SUSAN SIMPSON Modified: November 5, 2009 at 12:14 am •  Published: November 5, 2009
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Health officials are reminding parents that children under 10 who have been vaccinated for swine flu will need a booster shot, even if that means standing in line a second time.

A second dose of the H1N1 vaccine is recommended for children because they have less-developed immune systems than adults. While the first dose offers a beginning dose of immunity, a booster will more fully protect young children.

The booster shot should be given 28 days or later after the first dose.

Students at Newcastle Elementary School were among the first in the state to be immunized last month and are due for booster shots. McClain County Health Department nurses administered initial doses at the school, but students should get the booster at an immunization site or doctor’s office, administrator Sheri Kenney said.

H1N1 vaccinations were offered on a walk-in basis Wednesday at county health department buildings in Purcell and Blanchard, Kenney said. She said lines were short and more walk-in clinics are being scheduled. Ongoing Coverage: Swine flu Knowit: Flu