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Suzanne McCarthy

Health Coordinator

(518) 475-6730

FAX (518) 475-6731

 

Immunization updates for the 2016-17 school year

The New York State Health Department has provided updates about required immunizations for the 2016-17 school year. State law requires school districts to deny admitting children to school if their family cannot prove they received or are in the process of receiving required immunizations against diseases including polio, pertussis and measles.

 

Polio and varicella vaccines

The polio and varicella rollout continues for the 2016-17 school year.

  • Students in kindergarten and grades, 1, 2, 6, 7 and 8 are required to have received four doses of polio vaccine unless the third dose was received on or after 4 years of age. If a student received the fourth dose of polio vaccine before Aug. 7, 2010, and the four doses were spaced at least 28 days apart, then that student would not need an additional dose of polio vaccine.

  • Students in kindergarten and grades 1, 2, 6, 7 and 8 will be required to have received two doses of varicella vaccine.

  • For students in prekindergarten, the number of vaccine doses is not changing, but for polio the intervals between the doses must be in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices catch-up schedule in the 2016-17 school year.

  • Students in grades 9-12 are grandfathered and only have to meet the requirements of the regulations that were in effect before July 1, 2014: Three diphtheria toxoid-containing vaccine (DTaP, DT, Td, Tdap); three doses of polio vaccine; three doses of hepatitis B vaccine; two doses of measles-containing vaccine (MMR); one dose of mumps-containing vaccine; one dose of rubella-containing vaccine; one dose of varicella vaccine and a booster dose of Tdap (if a dose of Tdap was not previously received at 7 years of age or older).

    • The intervals between the doses of vaccine do not need to be reviewed, except for the two doses of measles-containing vaccine. The intervals between the two doses must be at least 28 days. The four-day grace period can be applied to the minimum interval of 28 days for doses that already have been received.

Meningococcal vaccine

As of Sept. 1, 2016, all New York state students entering grades 7-12 in public and private schools must be fully vaccinated against meningococcal disease types A, C, W and Y in order to attend school.

 

The meningococcal vaccine protects against serious and sometimes deadly diseases such as meningitis (an infection of the lining of the brain and spinal cord) and sepsis (blood infections). That's why the vaccine is sometimes called the meningitis vaccine. The vaccine is administered as a shot.

 

Before school this September:

  • One dose of meningococcal vaccine is required before seventh grade. If your child had the first dose as a sixth-grader, then another dose is not required until 12th grade.

  • Two doses will be required before 12th grade. Most students entering 12th grade got their first dose when they were younger and are now due for their second dose, or booster. This booster is needed because protection from the vaccine decreases over time. A small number of teens who received two doses before their 16th birthday may need a third dose on or after their 16th birthday in order to enter 12th grade.

  • The only teens who will not need a second dose before 12th grade are those who got their first dose on or after their 16th birthday.

Please visit the New York State Department of Health website for more information about school requirements for the meningococcal vaccine. The site also has much more information about other vaccines and immunizations.

 

It's best to check with your doctor to see whether or not your child needs a vaccine. Students who are not up-to-date will not be allowed to attend school until they are vaccinated.

 

School Community Wellness

The City School District of Albany is committed to providing school environments that promote and protect children’s health, well-being and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating and physical activity.

The district formed a Wellness Committee represented by administrators, faculty, staff, students, parents and community members. That committee reviewed existing programs and practices, identified needs and established goals that would promote a healthy school community. Those goals are reflected in the
district's Wellness Policy.

 

School Health Services

School Health Services personnel care for the emotional as well as the physical needs of all children in the City School District of Albany. Parents and guardians should contact the nurse in their child's school if they have concerns or to report any changes in the health status of their child.

 

Important health-related links and information for parents are listed below.

  • Health Registration form. All students are required to have on file a Health History Registration form, which is typically completed during student registration.

  • Immunization requirements

  • Requirement for physicals

  • Dental certificates. Poor dental health can cause pain, lead to significant life-long health problems and be a barrier to academic achievement. New York State law requires school districts to request dental certificates for students when they enter school and in grades K, 2, 4, 7 and 10. Please follow this link to download a form that you can bring to your child’s dental care provider to be completed. The dental assessment may be completed during or 12 months prior to the school year in which it is required. Please return the completed form to your school nurse. If you have questions or do not have a dental care provider for your child, please contact the school nurse for assistance.

  • Medications in school

  • Medical excuses from physical education

  • Screenings. Vision screening is provided for new entrants and students in grades K-3, 5, 7 and 10. A hearing screening is provided for new entrants and students in grades K, 1, 3, 5, 7 and 10. Parents and guardians will be notified only if a problem is identified.

  • Height, weight and body mass index screening. New York state law requires school districts to measure the height, weight, body mass index (BMI), and determine weight status categories for students when they enter school and in grades K, 2, 4, 7 and 10. The purpose of this screening is to detect previously undiagnosed health problems related to growth and development that may, by early intervention, be more readily corrected. School districts also are required to take part in a survey by the New York State Department of Health. Districts will report information about weight status categories gathered from private physicals or school screenings. Only summary information is included in the survey. No names or identifying information about individual students is shared. Information on any child whose parent/guardian has objected to the survey will be excluded from the reported survey data.

  • Lead poisoning information. Public health law requires that public schools, day care providers and nursery schools "obtain evidence" of lead screening for all children under 6. Please follow this link for information on lead exposure and poisoning. If you have any questions, contact your child’s school nurse.

  • Emergency contact information

  • Health concerns. It is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to inform the school of any contagious diseases, changes in health status or unusual health concerns that a child may have. With this information, we are better able to meet the health and safety needs of your child.

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Health Information and Alerts

  • A flu guide for parents from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • New York State Smokers' Quitline -- If you smoke, and are thinking about quitting, talk to your doctor, or call the New York State Smokers’ Quitline at 1-866-697-8487 or visit www.nysmokefree.com for free help. The New York State Smokers’ Quitline is free and confidential service that provides effective stop-smoking services to New Yorkers who want to stop smoking. The Quitline offers:

    • A free two-week nicotine replacement therapy starter kit.

    • Telephone counseling in English and Spanish (translations through Language Line; services are available for additional languages).

    • A 24/7 personal online quit coach.

    • A listing of referrals to local stop-smoking programs.

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