Immunizations Recommended for Seniors

As your student is finishing his/her senior year and is getting ready to venture out into the world of work or college, it is a good time to be sure that he/she is well immunized. The following immunizations are recommended.

Meningococcal vaccine: This vaccine protects against the bacteria that causes meningococcal meningitis.   Meningitis is a serious, life-threatening infection of the blood stream and lining covering the brain and spinal cord.  This illness is spread by direct contact with saliva and nasal secretions transmitted by sharing food, eating utensils, kissing, or direct in-your-face coughing and sneezing.  Because of the close proximity of dorm students, most colleges are strongly recommending or requiring that their students have this vaccine.

Tdap - Tetanus diphtheria pertussis vaccine: This vaccine booster should be given every seven-to-ten years.

HPV vaccine:  HPV vaccines are given as a series of three shots over six months to protect against HPV infections and the health problems that HPV infection can cause. This vaccine is recommended for all teen girls and young women through age 26 and teen boys and young men through age 21.

Hepatitis A:  Hepatitis A causes inflammation of the liver and is usually transmitted through our food supply by a food handler who is infected and fails to properly wash their hands after using the bathroom.  This vaccine is given in a two-dose series.

All of these vaccines are available at Lewis County Public Health, and from your child’s primary care provider.  Not all students qualify for free immunizations through Public Health.  The best way to find out if a child does qualify is to call Lewis County Public Health at 376-5453 and ask.  An immunization clinic is held each Tuesday morning from 9:00 - 10:30 AM and the first Wednesday of each month  from 3:00 - 5:00 PM.  No appointment is needed.  Students under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.   Please take a copy of the student’s immunization record.  If a student has any type of private insurance, he/she is encouraged to go his/her primary medical doctor, where the vaccine can be billed at the time of the visit.
Immunizations for Grade 5 Students
Students who are entering 6th grade for the 2015 - 2016 school year will require 2 additional immunizations:
ü Tdap: an immunization containing tetanus toxoids, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis.
ü 2nd dose of Varicella: Chickenpox vaccine. A health care provider’s signed medical record   indicating the student had varicella disease is acceptable proof of immunity.

Information will be sent to all students currently in grade 5 who have not yet met this requirement.

It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to obtain this immunization either through your primary care provider or through Lewis County Public Health. Those children who have Medicaid, Child Health Plus or are under-insured MAY qualify for free vaccine. You may call Lewis County Public Health at 376-5453 to determine whether your child is eligible to receive a free vaccine.

Immunizations for students entering
Kindergarten and Grade 1

NYS Education Law requires all students entering kindergarten in the fall to receive a second Varicella immunization (i.e. chickenpox).  Proof of your child receiving this required immunization must be provided to the school’s health office so that they will be allowed to begin kindergarten in the fall.  If you have any questions, please call the Health Office.

All students in grades 1-2 are required to have received the second MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine by age 7. Most students receive this vaccine prior to entering kindergarten.

Fall Sports Sign Ups for all Varsity, JV and Modified teams has begun.  Practice for Varsity and JV teams begins on August 17, 2015. Practice for Modified Football begins August 31 and practice for modified soccer and swimming will begin on the first day of school in September.  In order to participate, the student must sign up.   A sports physical is required annually for all athletes.  This physical can be scheduled with the school’s physicians through the Health Office, or with your family physician.  If you opt to have the physical completed by your family physician, please let the Health Office know of your plan and ensure that a copy of this examination is provided to the Health Office so that your student’s record is updated appropriately.  Athletes who do not sign up and miss scheduled sports physicals with the school doctors will be responsible to obtain a physical on their own.

Entering Grade 7 Modified Fall Sport Sign Ups - Current sixth graders will be eligible to play modified, competitive sports in 7th grade. Information has been sent home.  A health history and permission form will need to be completed and submitted to the Health Office.  A sports physical is required annually.   If your child is interested in a sport, please encourage him/her to sign up now.

Working Papers - A recent physical is required to obtain working papers.  If your child is planning to find a summer job which requires working papers, please contact the Health Office (376-9007) by May 11.  A physical may be scheduled with the school’s physicians if you care to do so.
Immunization Records For Camp - Most summer camps for children require immunization records.  If you need a copy of your child’s immunization record please contact the Health Office prior to the end of the school year.

Sun Safety at School - Overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun may cause sunburn, skin damage and increases the risk of skin cancer; especially exposure in the first fifteen (15) years of life. Although the FDA technically considers sunscreen an over-the-counter drug which would require a doctor’s prescription and parental permission, the New York State Education Department allows the use of sunscreen without a physician’s order.
Students are allowed to carry and use sunscreen in school if:
a)     The sunscreen is used for the purpose of avoiding overexposure to the sun and not for medical treatment of an injury or illness;
b)    The sunscreen is approved by the FDA for over-the counter use; and
c)     The student’s parent or guardian provides written permission for the student to carry and use sunscreen.
A student who is unable to physically apply sunscreen may be assisted by unlicensed personnel when directed to do so by the student, if permitted by a parent/guardian. Parents/guardians are responsible for providing the sunscreen to be used at school.


Sport Physicals

A sport physical is required each year for all students who play interscholastic sports.

Dr. Howard Meny and Dr. Monica Kwicklis perform the sport physcials.

Any student needing a sport physical will have one scheduled with the school doctors.


Medications in School

NYS requires that no student is allowed to carry medications on his or her person while in school; unless he/she has physician orders for emergency medications such as an inhaler for asthma, and/or an Epi-Pen for allergic reactions


MRSA Infection Information

MRSA, or Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, has recently been highlighted in the news.  It is an infection caused by the staphylococcus aureus bacteria that no longer responds to the antibiotics that used to cure it.  There are antibiotics that can be used to treat this infection, but it can cause a more severe infection that may be more difficult to treat.

LACS cleaning staff has been extra diligent in their cleaning efforts.  Hand sanitizer dispensers have been installed the middle and high school bathrooms and in both cafeterias.

Prevention of Staph Infections in school.

1. WASH YOUR HANDS!  Washing hands is the best prevention against the spread of most any disease.  Scrub hands briskly for at least 15 seconds, using soap and lots of water.  Dry using a disposable towel and use the same towel to turn off the faucet.  Using hand sanitizer is also very effective.

2. KEEP ANY OPEN WOUND COVERED.  Do not pick, scratch or squeeze pimples of boils.  Keep these covered.

3. KEEP PERSONAL ITEMS PERSONAL.  DO NOT share any personal items such as towels, razors, clothing, and athletic equipment.

4. WASH SPORT CLOTHING AFTER EACH PRACTICE OR GAME.  Practice and games clothes should be washed after each use.

5. SHOWER IMMEDIATELY AFTER A SPORTING EVENT or practice using lots of soap and water.  Dry off using a clean towel.

6. NOTIFY PARENTS OR COACH OF ANY SKIN SORES.

Find out more about MRSA at the following websites: www.health.state.ny.us/diseases/communicable/staphylococcus_aureus  the above information is from www.mayoclinic.com/mrsa
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