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  • What is novel coronavirus?

    Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a virus strain that has only spread in people since December 2019. Health experts are concerned because little is known about this new virus and it has the potential to cause severe illness and pneumonia in some people.

    Who is at risk for novel coronavirus?

    Currently the risk to the general public is low. At this time, there are a small number of individual cases in the U.S. To minimize the risk of spread, health officials are working with healthcare providers to promptly identify and evaluate any suspected cases. Travelers to and from certain areas of the world may be at increased risk. See for the latest travel guidance from the CDC.

    How can I prevent from getting novel coronavirus?

    If you are traveling overseas (to China but also to other places) follow the CDC’s guidance:

    Right now, the novel coronavirus has not been spreading widely in the United States, so there are no additional precautions recommended for the general public.

    Steps you can take to prevent spread of flu and the common cold will also help prevent coronavirus:

    • Wash hands often with soap and water. If not available, use hand sanitizer.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
    • Avoid contact with people who are sick
    • Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others
    • Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing Currently, there are no vaccines available to prevent novel coronavirus infections.

    Learn more by clicking here.

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  • MyIR

    The state has come out with a promotional kit to help parents access immunization records. This will assist with the change in regulation starting in August that requires medical verification of immunizations instead of parent report.



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  • The flu is here

    fight the flu

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  • The Tdap vaccine is required for all children entering 6th grade. This vaccine can be given once your child turns 11. The Meningococcal and the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is also recommended for preteens. The attached information from the Centers for Disease Control has more information on these vaccines.

    These vaccines can be obtained from your child’s primary care provider or other agencies that supply free or low cost vaccinations. The immunization clinic at the South Hill Mall and Community Health Care School-Based Health Clinic are two local facilities. Community Health Care is currently located across the street from Bethel Middle School in the Bethel Learning Center. They can give vaccinations Monday through Thursday. 

    When your child has received his/her Tdap vaccine, please provide the school with the record.

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  • Two generic pill tablets


    Don’t make a fatal mistake.

    It’s deadly. It’s almost impossible to detect. And it’s often disguised as less-powerful drugs.

    Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid used to treat the most severe pain. While all opioids can be deadly, fentanyl is especially dangerous because it is so strong—much stronger than heroin or morphine.

    Fentanyl is often disguised as other drugs

    Many of the opioid pills and powders sold on the street are fake. They often contain fentanyl in potentially deadly amounts but are mislabeled as other opioids. The DEA sampled tablets seized nationwide between January and March 2019. It found 27 percent contained potentially lethal doses of fentanyl.

    That means if you buy things like Percocet, Vicodin or OxyContin you didn’t get from a pharmacy with a prescription, you need to assume they are fakes that contain fatal amounts of fentanyl.

    You can’t see, smell or taste fentanyl when it’s mixed with other drugs. If you use heroin, cocaine or crack—even rarely—you’re at risk of a fentanyl-involved overdose.

    Read more here

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  • Thanks to our amazing school nurses and health clerks!

    School nurses and health room workers pose for a photo

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  • 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:

    If you have any questions, you can reach Dawn Fox, Nurse Administrator, at 253-800-6940 or

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