Several Maine schools are poised to begin flu vaccinations as soon as doses arrive, as early as this week.
Maine Education Department spokesman David Connerty-Marin says two schools in Aroostook County were planning to inoculate students on Tuesday, but more than 200,000 doses of flu vaccine purchased with federal stimulus money have not yet arrived.
He says schools will begin their vaccination clinics in earnest over the next two to three weeks.
The flu shots are separate from H1N1 swine flu vaccinations, which will arrive later in Maine. Those shots will be given in two separate doses in October and November. All are available free of charge to students, but students won’t be forced to get them against their will.