News from the Nurse's OfficePlease check the menu to the left for additional important information and articles. If you have any questions you may contact the School Nurse (Lisa Hixson) by calling the Elementary School (258-7357).Important Health Notice(Immunization & Measles)Measles Alert (letter from Superintendent Jacka)Measles Press Release (issued Feb. 4, 2015 by Spokane Regional Health District)Important Info About Measles (Yes, this is from a different school district, but the information is just as important)Certificate of Immunization Status (CIS) (Form DOH 348-013; issued by WA State Dept. of Health for use in schools)Certificate of Exemption (Form DOH 348-106; issued by WA State Dept. of Health for use in schools)
Important Information About:Outbreaks of Vaccine Preventable Diseases
Immunization requirements for school attendance may be different than those requirements during an “outbreak” of disease at school. The local regional health department determines when an outbreak occurs and determines any additional requirements needed during the outbreak.
To protect the health of the community at large, students and adults at school, who are not adequately vaccinated during a disease outbreak, may be determined to be “at-risk” for catching and spreading the disease. Those determined to be “at risk” will be excluded from school until the outbreak is over or until proof of immunity or adequate vaccination is received. At this time, the most probable diseases that could lead to an outbreak are chickenpox, measles, mumps and pertussis.
For example, changes have occurred in the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations for controlling chickenpox outbreaks. According to the Spokane Regional Health District, if 5 or more cases of chickenpox occur at one school in a three week period, all students who are not “immune” from getting and spreading the disease will not be able to attend school until the outbreak is over (at least three weeks).
During an outbreak, a student must have one of the following as proof on file at school to avoid exclusion:• Date of vaccination(s), CDC recommends 2 vaccinations during an outbreak• History of Disease verified by a licensed health provider (provide a signed note) Parent reported disease not acceptable• A copy of lab results showing immunity (blood test)
Even though students in certain grades may not be required to have a chickenpox vaccination or proof of immunity to attend school, a student may be considered “at risk” and excluded from school during an outbreak.• Please talk to your licensed health care provider about this.• Please let your school office know NOW of any immunization dates, copies of lab tests or verification of disease that we may not already have on file.• If you would like to change your child’s exemption status (Personal or Religious) to avoid your child being excluded from school, please contact the school office for details.
For more information contact the Spokane Regional Health District at 324-1600.Useful Health VideosBBP: Little Monsters 2015 Slide Show (Annual School Updates)(to advance to next slide, click anywhere on page; to end, press Esc key)New State Immunization RequirementsThe Washington State Department of Health has created a new immunization schedule for preschool and kindergarten age students. These new requirements went into effect July 2012 and pertain to students enrolled or enrolling in school.
The new July 2012 requirements are listed below. For more detailed information, please contact the Mary Walker School District nurse at 509-258-7357 or consult your child’s pediatrician or primary physician.H1N1 Swine Flu Virus Information
The Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Secretary of Health for Washington State have provided important information on preventing the spread of the H1N1 Swine Flu virus. Pleaseclick here to read the complete article.Other links and resources:H1N1 FAQ (frequently asked questions): http://www.doh.wa.gov/h1n1/h1n1_faq.htmH1N1 Flu Resource Kit: http://www.flu.gov/h1n1resourcekit.htmlResources for Parents and Caregivers (from the CDC): http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/parents/
The Department of Health, Children with Special Health Care Needs Program along with the University of Washington Medical Home Project developed an information sheet titled "Seasonal Flu and H1N1 (Swine Flu): Information for Caregivers of Children with Special Health Care Needs".