Mayor Bloomberg Announces that New York City will Offer all School-Aged Children H1N1 Flu Vaccine Free of Charge

All primary school-age children in New York City will be offered free vaccines for seasonal and H1N1 flu this year under a plan announced on Tuesday by Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The vaccines are part of the city's strategy to combat the new H1N1 swine flu strain that hit the city hard during the spring, infecting an estimated 750,000 to 1 million people or about 10 percent of the population.

"We've looked at every eventuality we thought was somewhat probable and have planned for it. Hopefully, we won't have to use any of it," Bloomberg told reporters.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that free shots and mist for the H1N1 influenza will be offered to elementary school students.

The announcement, which comes nine weeks before Election Day, took place as officials around the country prepare for an uptick in H1N1 infections as schools go back into session. Tuesday, members of President Barack Obama's cabinet briefed him on the government's preparations for an expected increase in cases of the H1N1 flu virus.