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11/2/2009 5:09:13 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Virginia--Department of Health Agrees to Changes to Help Homeschooled Children

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Virginia--Department of Health Agrees
to Changes to Help Homeschooled Children

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

During a conference call last week, HSLDA Senior Counsel Scott
Woodruff asked the state health commissioner to instruct local public
health departments to set up special times each week when children
could receive priority access to the H1N1 vaccination.

The commissioner made no commitment during the phone call.

However, we received word today that the commissioner has agreed. She
is in the process of instructing all local public health departments
to set up at least one time each week designed especially to provide
free vaccination for children, when vaccine is available. Call your
local public health department for details. This website can help you
identify and locate your nearest public health department:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7147 .

This is good news for parents who want their children to be
vaccinated. We appreciate the commissioner's change of policy and
believe it's a major step toward giving homeschooled children
equitable access to the vaccine.

Your local department of public health may also be able to provide
vaccine, supplies, and medical staff if you want to set up a local
group vaccination event.

Or you could set up a group vaccination event using paid or volunteer
medical staff you make arrangements with on your own. This link
provides important details if you want to pursue this option:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7148 .

According to Virginia Department of Health statistics, for the week
ending October 28, between 5% and 20% of all emergency and urgent care
visits across the state were from persons with flu-like illnesses--up
dramatically from less than 5% just the week before.

Still, vaccination is a very personal decision, and one that should be
made by parents alone. Take time to educate yourself on the issues.
Until there is more vaccine available, however, even parents seeking
the vaccine may not be able to obtain it.

Sincerely,

Scott A. Woodruff, Esq.
Senior Counsel

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