Fred Mogul, Reporter, WNYC News
Fred Mogul has been covering healthcare and medicine for WNYC since 2002.
In all, 115 kids at the school turned in consent forms from their parents -- about one-quarter of the school's almost 400 students. That made PS 157 right in the middle of the range: between 5 and 50 percent of the student bodies at different elementary schools have signed up for vaccine.
As cameras clicked, Chancellor Joel Klein (left), Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley, and Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs made awkward conversation with fourth graders Jesus Lopez and fifth grader Aylin Tlapanco, neither of whom was as eager to talk about the Yankees as the adults had hoped. The school nurse, indifferent to the throng, prepared what looked like a syringe but turned out to be a nasal mist injector. Within seconds, each kid had the vaccine, with nary a wince or grimace.
Aylin Tlapanco had this to say afterward:
It felt kinda awkward, because there was like this gas inside your nose, and then when you're breathing it in, it felt weird.
Jesus Lopez described it this way:
It felt very weird. You had to breathe the liquid in. It was a very different experience for me.