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If you are the parent of an adolescent or college-bound student, Anthony ISD Health Services wants to be sure you are aware that adolescents and some college students are at increased risk for a potentially fatal bacterial infection, called meningococcal disease. This bacterial infection can lead to meningitis, which causes swelling of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord, or to a serious blood infection.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends meningococcal vaccination for:
11 to 12 years olds during the pre-adolescent doctor’s visit, or
Students entering high school, or
College freshmen living in dormitories.
Texas State Law, Title 25 Health Services, Section 97.61 - 97.77 of the Texas Administrative Code requires that all students entering 7th grade receive Meningococcal vaccine (MCV4).
We encourage parents to learn more about these recommendations, meningococcal disease and the potential benefits of immunization for their adolescent or college-bound child.
Meningococcal disease is spread through air droplets and by direct contact with an infected person. Early symptoms may resemble the flu, making diagnosis difficult. The disease can progress very quickly, killing an otherwise healthy young person in 48 hours or less. Over 50 percent of meningococcal disease in the U.S. occurs in persons 11 years of age or older. Disease rates begin to rise early in adolescence and peak between the ages of 15 and 24.
Ten to fourteen percent of cases are fatal; however, among adolescents that figure can be as high as 22 percent. Up to 1 in 5 of those who survive will suffer permanent effects that may include hearing loss, brain damage or limb amputations.
However, up to 83 percent of meningococcal infections among this age group are potentially vaccine-preventable. Vaccination is safe and effective, and can protect individuals against four of the five serogroups (A, C, Y and W-135) of N. meningitidis, the bacterium that causes meningococcal disease.
We encourage you and your adolescent or college-bound child to learn more about this disease and to speak with your physician about vaccination. For your information, enclosed is an information sheet about meningococcal disease and vaccination. Or you can visit the following Web sites: www.cdc.gov (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), www.aap.org (American Academy of Pediatrics), www.acha.org (American College Health Association), or www.nmaus.org (National Meningitis Association).
This vaccine is now available at the immunization clinics that are done regularly at Anthony ISD. For more information contact:
For information dealing with immunizations please click on the link or download one of the following health related documents:
Immunization Information - Texas Department of State Health Services web site. Updates and information for local shot clinics, FAQs, immunization dictionary and more.
Vaccine Requirements for K-12 - A document that summarizes the vaccine requirements incorporated in Title 25 Health Services, §§97.61-97.72 of the Texas Administrative Code.
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Medicine at School & Permission Form - If your child has to take medicine at school please read this form and use the permission form to request to the school nurse any medication your child may need to take.
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Genital human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted virus in the United States. There are about 40 types of HPV. About 20 million people in the U.S. are infected, and about 6.2 million more get infected each year. HPV is spread through sexual contact.
Most HPV infections don’t cause any symptoms, and go away on their own. But HPV is important mainly because it can cause cervical cancer in women. Every year in the U.S. about 10,000 women get cervical cancer and 3,700 die from it. It is the 2nd leading cause.
Chickenpox (also called varicella) is a common childhood disease. It is usually mild, but it can be serious, especially in young infants and adults.
It causes a rash, itching, fever and tiredness.
It can lead to severe skin infection, scars, pneumonia, brain damage or death.
The chickenpox virus can be spread from person to person through the air or by contact with fluid from chickenpox blisters.
A person who has had chickenpox can get a painful rash called shingles years later.
Before the vaccine, about 11,000 people were hospitalized for chickenpox each year in the United States.
Before the vaccine, about 100 people died each year as a result of chickenpox in the United States.
Chickenpox vaccine can prevent chickenpox.
Texas State Law, Title 25 Health Services, Section 97.61 - 97.77 of the Texas Administrative Code requires that all students entering Kindergarten and 7th grade have 2 doses of Varicella (Chickenpox) vaccine or have a history of the disease.