For the 2016-2017 school year the following immunization requirements will be implemented:
Kindergarten: DTaP Polio MMR Varicella
If the kindergarten child has had varicella (chickenpox) disease, a licensed doctor of medicine (MD) or doctor of osteopathy (DO) must sign and place on file with the school a written statement documenting the month and year of previous varicella (chickenpox) disease as satisfactory evidence of having had the disease. Parental or guardian statements of disease will no longer be accepted beginning with the 2010-2011 school year for children entering kindergarten. This rule change applies to children entering kindergarten and thereafter. For children enrolled in grades one (1) through five (5), only one dose of varicella (chickenpox) vaccine is required. Parental or guardian statements of disease continue to be acceptable.
8th Grade: Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) vaccine will be required for all incoming eighth (8th) grade students if the child has completed the recommended childhood DTaP/DTP vaccination series. A new recommendation for this year is for 8th grade students to be protected against Meningitis with the Menactra vaccine. Hepatitis A and HPV are recommended for this age group.
Seniors are required to receive a dose of Menactra. This would include a second dose if one was recieved prior to age 16.
A new vaccine protecting exclusively against Menigitis B is highly recommended for students age 18.
School Flu Program
2016 will be the fourth year the Ste Genevieve County Health Department will provide free flu vaccine school age children in all of the county schools. Permission slips will be avaialble in August and must be submitted prior to the scheduled school clinics.
Ste Genevieve County Health Department
The health department partners with and offers consultation to the R-II public school system . Assistance is provided with immunizations, health education and communicable disease prevention.
School nursing assistance is provided to all of the parochial schools in the county which includes the usual screenings for vision, hearing, height, weight, scoliosis and blood pressure for age appropriate students. Health education and training is provided to students, staff and parents.
Dental Varnish Program
For all tooth surfaces, there is a continuous cycle of demineralization and remineralization of tooth enamel. Tooth decay is an infectious, transmissible disease caused by bacteria colonizing on the teeth and producing acid that dissolves enamel, resulting in greater demineralization. If unchecked, bacteria continue destroying tooth structure, eventually infecting the soft pulp tissue and causing pain. Fluoride varnish has been found to be effective in preventing caries on permanent teeth. Fluoride varnish also has recently been shown to prevent or reduce caries in the primary teeth of young children. Research studies on fluoride varnish for the prevention, management, and treatment of dental caries reported no acute toxic effects in children or adolescents as a result of the therapeutic application of fluoride varnish. The Health Department has been implemented this program in the Parochial Schools, as well as work in collaboration with the Public Schools to provide this program to students.