by Coy Holcombe.
The Texas Department of Health has issued an emergency rule that will allow students that have not received some of the required vaccinations to attend school on a provisional basis through September 30. The emergency rules apply to the following vaccines: meningoccocal vaccine, tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis for students entering 7th grade and boosters for students entering grades 8-12, and varicella vaccine for students entering kindergarten and grade 7. If you have any questions concerning this emergency rule, please contact Pam Martin at 425-5187 or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another health related topic that is generating lots of discussion is the H1N1 flu. Both national and state health departments are taking the threat posed by H1N1 very seriously. In a publication from the Centers for Disease Control, the following advise is given to protect children and families from the flu:
- Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder; not into your hands.
- Stay home if you or your child is sick for at least 24 hours after there is no longer a fever or signs of a fever (without the use of fever-reducing medicine).
- Get your family vaccinated for seasonal flu and 2009 H1N1 when vaccines are available.
The CDC stresses that the seasonal flu is a completely different strain from the H1N1 and the two should not be confused.