It’s finally here….the dog days of summer. Late nights and sleeping in. Fireflies, cookouts, camping, sailing. And lots of swimming and hiking. I hope you all have an eventful summer, filled with great activities and wonderful memories!
Here are a few good reminders to stay safe and healthy:
- Use sunscreen and reapply as directed.
- Apply insect repellent ON TOP of the sunscreen.
- Do DAILY tick checks.
- Be aware of drowning….sadly, it has become more prevalent. Know what to look for!
Also, please be aware that a philosophical exemption from immunizations is no longer accepted in the state of Vermont. A Medical Exemption needs to be signed by the student’s health care practitioner. A Religious Exemption must be signed by a parent annually, after reading a parent education handout. Gail and I have all of these forms. If you have been immunizing your child on an alternative or delayed schedule, please read the following: http://healthvermont.gov/hc/imm/documents/FAQforMedicalPractices.pdf
Here is a “catch-up” schedule:http://healthvermont.gov/hc/imm/imm_sched_catchup_cdc.aspx
As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
What a fabulous month this has been! Seeing your children again and meeting new students has been so enjoyable. And it seems everyone is pretty healthy and happy! What a great start to the new year.
A few bits of information: The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all children have a yearly physical exam that also includes a developmental, behavioral, and learning assessment. This is different from a sports physical or a visit because of an illness. Pediatricians are the experts on children’s health and YOU are the experts on your children. Parents and pediatricians…what a team!
Starting with the next school year in the fall of 2016, a philosophical exemption for immunizations will no longer be allowed. Continue reading “From Nurse Susan, Immunizations, exams, etc.”
The Vermont Department of Health has released the Immunization report for schools. Here is a link to this report. Marlboro continues to have a low rate of immunization in comparison to other schools in the state. Please be sure to read and consider the information on immunization that Nurse Susan has posted on the website.
From Nurse Susan, March 25th. The Vermont State Assembly is voting on a measure to eliminate philosophical exemptions to vaccines now.
In light of the national measles outbreak, the Vermont Department of Health is encouraging all unimmunized children to be immunized as soon as possible. To date, there are no cases of measles in Vermont. Seventeen states have been affected, including New York and Pennsylvania. Here at Marlboro School, most of our students have been fully immunized against measles, receiving two doses of the MMR vaccine, but 24% have not. Herd immunity occurs when 95% of a community is vaccinated in order to stop the spread of a disease. Because we do not have herd immunity here at MES, our unimmunized children are at risk if an outbreak occurs locally. Because measles is the most contagious disease known to humans, unimmunized children will be asked to stay home. Parents of unimmunized students are encouraged to read the article from the CDC noted below. Please contact me for any questions or concerns. firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
Health Notes from Francie, Laura, and the Public Health Nurse
We recently met with Lynn Redd, the public health nurse for our region. She shared some resources and some concerns for your children’s health.
We all know that children must be healthy in order to learn. The school website now includes links to information about ticks and Lyme Disease, adolescent health, and concerns about the Ebola virus.
Lynn also noted that Immunizations are the single most important way to protect against serious and sometimes deadly diseases. Many of the diseases that vaccines prevent can’t be easily treated or cured, and some are especially dangerous for infants and young children. Even one infected person can cause an outbreak of diseases like measles and chickenpox. Marlboro School has the lowest rate of immunization of any school in Vermont.
Did you know that Dr. Dynosaur will pay for an annual well child exam? This kind of exam will give you lots of information about your child’s development and overall health.
The links below are to articles from the State of Vermont:
On Adolescent Well Visit for Parents and Understanding Confidentiality from the UVm College of Medicine and a note from the VT Dept of Health on the ebola outbreak in West Africa