UPDATED: Sports Physicals at GKHS and SLHS
Updated: The Mom and Me Mobile Medical Clinic will be at Graham-Kapowsin and Spanaway Lake High schools this summer to provide FREE sports physicals!
GKHS: August 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
SLHS: August 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For more information on the Mom and Me Mobile Medical Clinic, contact Dawn Fox at 253.683.6940 or email email@example.com
Free MMR Vaccine Now Available for Child Care Workers
OLYMPIA - The Department of Health is collaborating with Safeway Inc. and Albertsons Companies LLC and with the Department of Children, Youth, and Families to offer free measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccination for uninsured child care workers and volunteers. As of July 28, 2019, Washington state law will require staff and volunteers of licensed child care centers to be immunized against measles.
Fifteen Albertsons and Safeway pharmacies across the state will offer MMR vaccine free of charge through June 2020 to uninsured child care staff and volunteers who need it. The pharmacies will also waive the administration fee. The cost and fees will also be waived for those who are underinsured and cannot afford the vaccine.
Find the list of participating locations on the Department of Health’s website.
Child care staff and volunteers who have insurance also have options to get vaccinated. MMR vaccine for those age 19 and older is covered by most insurance companies and by Medicare and Apple Health (Medicaid). Learn more about the cost and coverage of adult vaccines. Washington also provides recommended vaccines at no cost to everyone under the age of 19.
The effort is a collaboration between Safeway and Albertsons; the Department of Health; the Department of Children, Youth, and Families; and the Washington State Pharmacy Association.
Bethel Middle School to open first free health clinic for students
The school's clinic will be staffed with with a dentist, nurse practitioner, and behavior health professionals.
SPANAWAY, Wash. — School's out, summer is in full swing, and there are no students in sight at Bethel Middle School.
But school administrators aren't taking the summer off. Superintendent Tom Seigel is on a mission to bring healthcare to all 20,000 students in his district.
"I'm looking forward to a real success story — a lot of kids being healthier and having a better life as a result," Seigel said. "There is no hospital in this school district, and it creates a real problem for our kids to get access to medical care."
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Tacoma News Tribune: Bethel students can get vaccinations, dental work done at school starting this fall
Washington state law requires children enrolling in public schools to provide proof of immunity to specific communicable diseases.
Immunizations shall be provided against Hepatitis B, Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio, Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Varicella. All students must have documentation of their immunization status on or before the first day of attendance.
Exemptions can be made for medical, religious, personal or philisophical reasons. As of July 28, 2019, personal and philosophical exemptions for MMR are no longer allowed. The signature of a licensed healthcare professional is required for all exemptions. If your religion does not believe in medical care, the exemption form only requires a parent signature.
Immunization forms are available at all schools and at https://www.bethelsd.org/Health. Contact your healthcare provider if your child needs more immunizations. Free immunizations are available from the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department. You can access the schedule and location of the clinics at https://www.tpchd.org/healthy-people/immunizations/for-children.
New Law on MMR Personal Exemptions
The Washington State Legislature passed a bill this year that removes the personal and philosophical option to exempt children from the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine required for school and child care entry.
This bill took effect July 28, 2019 and applies to public and private schools and child cares, including preschool. The law removes the option for a personal/philosophical exemption to the MMR vaccine requirement for schools and child cares. It also requires employees and volunteers at child care centers to provide immunization records indicating they have received the MMR vaccine or proof of immunity.
If your child has a personal exemption for the MMR vaccine, make an appointment with your health care provider to discuss your options for meeting this new requirement. You can get more information on this new law on the Washington State Department of Health: https://www.doh.wa.gov/CommunityandEnvironment/Schools/Immunization/ExemptionLawChange.
If you have any questions, you can reach Dawn Fox, Nurse Administrator, at 253-683-6940 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
TDAP Vaccine required for incoming 6th graders
The Tdap vaccine is required for entry into middle school. The Tdap vaccine is a booster vaccine that protects against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. You will need to take proof of your child’s Tdap vaccination to your child’s middle school. Thank you in advance for your compliance with this requirement.
In additional to the required Tdap vaccine, it is also recommended that students receive the HPV and Meningococcal vaccine.
The HPV vaccine protects against the human papillomavirus. Some strains of the virus affect the genital area. Some types produce warts in the skin. A few types can lead to cancers, especially cervical cancer, anal cancer, and oropharyngeal, or cancer of the throat. The vaccine can be given as early as 9 years of age. The vaccine is a 2-3 shot series depending on the age the first vaccine is given.
The Meningococcal vaccine protects against a severe strain of meningitis. The disease is not very common, but it is more common among teenage students. This disease can cause brain damage, loss of hearing or limbs, and death.
Learn more about vaccines for preteens and teens: https://www.doh.wa.gov/YouandYourFamily/Immunization/PreteensandTeens
Children Who Get A Well Visit Each Year Do Better In School
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.