health room updates
  • FREE Sports Physicals at GKHS and SLHS
    Yellow semi houses the Mom and Me Mobile Clinic
    The Mom and Me Mobile Medical Clinic will be at Graham-Kapowsin and Spanaway Lake high schools this summer to provide FREE sports physicals!
     
    SLHS: August 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    GKHS: August 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
     
    For more information on the Mom and Me Mobile Medical Clinic, please visit their website, momandmemobile.org
     

    New law removes personal and philosphical option to exempt children from the MMR vaccine
     
    As of July 28, 2019, a new state law removes the personal and philosophical option to exempt children from the MMR vaccine require for school and child care attendance. Medical and religious exemptions are not affected by this new law.

    Based on this new law, parents/caregivers will need to provide updated immunization paperwork at or before the start of the 2019/20 school year, starting on September 5, 2019.

    Children without a medical or religious exemption will need two doses of the MMR vaccine to attend school. Because MMR vaccines must be administered at least a month apart, children may be entered into school if they have paperwork showing at least one dose of the MMR vaccine by the start of the school year. This would place the child under conditional status for 30 days, at which point parents/caregivers will need to provide records showing the child received the second dose of the vaccine.

    Children not compliant with the state vaccine requirements may be excluded from school.

    Learn more about the change in state law by clicking here.
     
     

     
    TDAP Vaccine required for incoming 6th graders
     
    TDAP
     
    Each year hundreds of 6th graders show up for school without their required TDAP vaccine. Be sure to get yours scheduled this summer.
     
     
     

     


     

    Children Who Get A Well Visit Each Year Do Better In School

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    Children who get annual well visits are more successful in school and more likely to graduate high school. All children who have insurance in Washington State have one free preventive well visit each year with a provider who is on their insurance. A well visit includes screening to identify any medical, physical, and behavioral health concerns early to better address
    them timely and hopefully prevent long-term issues. In addition, it includes what is needed to participate in sports activities, and is more comprehensive than a sports checkup.

    Children should start getting an annual preventive well visit each year after they turn 3 years old and continue annually, every year into adulthood. The summer well visit ensures that all health concerns, including sports forms, are addressed so that children and youth are healthy and ready to learn when school starts in the fall. Often as they start school children begin
    to miss getting annual preventive well visits. This starts as early as age 5 and continues into adolescence.

    If you haven’t gotten a well visit for your child or children this year, call their clinic today and schedule one now. The clinic name may be on the back of your child’s insurance card or you can contact the insurance company for information on which providers are on the insurance list. If your child is considering participating in sports, take the sports checkup form to the preventive well visit appointment and it can be filled out at same time. Annual well visit appointments are recommended by your child’s doctor, the Washington State Department of Health, and the Washington State Health Care Authority, in addition to all advocates for healthy children. View flyer here.