Reposted with permission from Providence City News.
Mayor David N. Cicilline today urged parents of Providence school children to take an important step towards protecting their children against H1N1: sign parental consent forms for the H1N1 vaccination immediately. The Rhode Island Health Department will begin vaccinating students against H1N1 at school-based clinics beginning November 2.
â€œItâ€™s critically important that parents take this important step to protect their children against the potentially dangerous H1N1,â€ said Mayor Cicilline. â€œWithout a signed consent form, the Health Department will not be able to administer the vaccination to your child. Iâ€™m urging parents to return vaccination consent forms to their childrenâ€™s schools immediately.â€
The Health Department mailed the consent forms to parents two weeks ago urging parents to return the completed forms to their childâ€™s school as soon as possible. Parents and guardians may also obtain consent forms in English and Spanish on the Health Departmentâ€™s website along with a complete schedule of school-based H1N1 vaccination clinics. The forms and schedules are also available at all Providence schools.
Mayor Cicilline also reminded parents to encourage their children to take the following precautions:
â€¢ Wash hands frequently with soap and warm water
â€¢ If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand gel
â€¢ Cough or sneeze into your elbow
The Health Department advises parents to keep their children home and closely monitor them if they are experiencing flu-like symptoms.Â Seek emergency medical attention if the following symptoms occur:
â€¢ Fast breathing or trouble breathing
â€¢ Bluish color on skin or around mouth and lips
â€¢ Dehydration (no tears, dried lips and mouth, not drinking enough fluids)
â€¢ Not waking up or not interacting
â€¢ Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
â€¢ Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and a worse cough
â€¢ Fever with a rash