Terry Jepsen, School Nurse
Health Office 308-872-2493
Cell phone 308-870-3078
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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NEW Upcoming changes in immunizations for 2011/2012
The State of Nebraska will require a second dose of varicella (chicken pox) vaccine starting July 1, 2011 for ALL STUDENTS AGE 5 AND OLDER who have not had chicken pox.
The varicella vaccine first became available in 1995. Prior to 1995, about 4 million cases of chicken pox occurred annually in the U.S. The number of cases continues to decline. In addition to protecting vaccinated individuals, increased protection also occurs for those that are at risk due to their inability to get the vaccine due to allergies or other medical conditions. One dose of varicella vaccine, or evidence of disease, has been required for school entry and 7th grade since July of 2004. The Center for Disease Control reports that 15-20 children out of every 100 were not protected against the disease with just one dose. Vaccinated students may have had a “break through” case of chicken pox which is usually a much milder form of the disease.
To prepare for this change in State Law, I will begin the process of notifying families of students that have record of only one varicella vaccine date and/or no record of having had the disease on file at the school.
· If you receive notification from your student’s school and your student has had chickenpox disease or a second varicella vaccine, please provide this information to the health office at your student’s school as soon as possible.
· If you receive notification from your student’s school and your child has not had chicken pox or a second varicella vaccine, please contact your medical provider or Central Nebraska Community Services Immunization Clinic at 1-800-736-7491 extension 131 to make an appointment for a second varicella vaccine. Please notify the health office of any vaccines that your student receives so that updates can be made to his/her immunization record.
Beginning the 2010-2011 School Year:The State of Nebraska now requires 1 dose of Tdap(must contain the pertussis booster)-this dose can be received any time after 10 or 11 years of age depending on which brand of vaccine is received for all students in the 7th grade. Learn more and obtain forms at http://www.dhhs.ne.gov/immunization/school_i.htm
The state of Nebraska has the following physical examination standards for students enrolled in schools in Nebraska. Broken Bow Public Schools strongly encourages all students to have the required physical examinations so that any health concerns can be diagnosed and treated appropriately in order for students to do their best in school. However, the law also states that a parent or guardian can refuse a physical examination in which a Refusal of Physical Examination formmust be signed and turned in to the school.
PHYSICAL EXAMINATION STANDARDSA printed or typewritten form signed by a licensed physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner indicating that a physical examination was administered on a specific date within the previous six (6) month period on a specifically named individual shall constitute sufficient evidence of a physical examination. by a qualified physician within six (6) months prior to the entrance of a child into the beginner grade and the seventh grade. A physical exam is also required in the case of a transfer from out of state to any other grade of the local school. As a substitute for such evidence of a physical, an objection in writing to a physicial examination of such child signed and dated by a parent or guardian of such child may be submitted to the local school.
REMINDER: You will not be able to practice or participate in any sports until your physical examination is completed and turned in to the school. The local clinics have asked that you please try to get your school/sports physicals scheduled and completed prior to August 1. Click on the link below to find contact information for the local clinics.
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Health in the News
With the warm, even hot, temperatures we’ve been experiencing already this spring, here is a reminder of why children should never be left in a car unattended.
An article on the dangers of energy drinks – these seem to becoming more and more popular with children, youth and adults but can pose some dangers too.
Fire Safety Tips for Families