Ohio Deputies Force Flu Shot On School
It took the strength of two sheriff's deputies to keep a middle
schooler still enough to receive a shot of the swine flu, or H1N1,
vaccine at a recent clinic.
During a regular Wheeling-Ohio County Health Board meeting Tuesday,
health department Administrator Howard Gamble told board members
about the student's attempt to flee Wheeling Middle School during
a vaccination clinic held there last Friday.
He noted the boy's mother could not bear to watch the scene and
left the gymnasium. Out of apparent fear of receiving the injection,
the student ran out of the building. The school's resource officer,
Ohio County Sheriff's Deputy John Haglock, coaxed the boy back
inside. Once at the shot station, however, Haglock apparently
needed some help keeping the boy still, and another deputy assisted.
"He tried to run. I looked over and saw two sheriff's deputies
holding a kid down," Gamble said. "Mom took off, she
couldn't take it. You had one nurse with the needle, two deputies
holding him, one nurse is grabbing hands - because that's what
they want to do, to go after the needle. And that's the last thing
Gamble said as soon as the nurse gave the boy his injection and
told him he was done, he hopped up like nothing had happened.
"For the most part they go very easy. As far as the shots,
every once in awhile you have to hold down one or two - but that's
why mom is there or dad is there," Gamble said.
He added after the meeting that Friday's incident was the only
time Ohio County deputies have held a student during a shot.
"They're mostly there for parking and directions. They also
know the kids. ... They were our first line of contact when setting
up the clinics," Gamble said.
Neither Sheriff Pat Butler nor Haglock could be reached for comment.
A sheriff's department official said Haglock is on vacation for
the next two weeks.
During a clinic Tuesday at Bridge Street Middle School, similar
scenes took place - though not quite as dramatic and not involving
officers of the law. A couple sets of parents could be seen keeping
their children from wiggling away while a nurse quickly administered
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November 12, 2009