Immunizations and Flu

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

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. 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.




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