District School Nurse Becky Droter, at (509) 685-2111 or firstname.lastname@example.org
All Colville School District students must be up-to-date on their childhood immunizations, in accordance with Washington State requirements. Families should complete and submit a Certificate of Immunization to their child’s school. School nurses routinely review student records to ensure immunizations are up-to-date.
There have been a few changes in the immunization requirements in the past couple of years. As of July 1, 2008 all students entering kindergarten will be required to have had two Varicella (chicken pox) vaccines, have Health Care Provider (HCP) documentation of disease, or show immunity through serological testing in order to attend school. This requirement will be moving up to include students in 1st grade as well during the 2009-2010 school year. Students in 2nd and 6th grades are required to have a Varicella (chicken pox) vaccine, have parental documentation of the disease, or show immunity through serological testing in order to attend school.
As of June 9, 2006, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention adopted the recommendation that all children receive 2 doses of mumps vaccine in order to be properly immunized against the disease. This is a change from the previously recommended single dose. Therefore, in the state of Washington, as of July 1, 2007, children kindergarten through 12th grade are required to show proof of vaccination with 2 doses of measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine, or have a properly documented exemption.
A new vaccine is available that can protect adolescents against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (TDAP). The TDAP vaccine is recommended for all children aged 11 years and older. This vaccine should replace one tetanus-diphtheria (Td) booster. As of July 1, 2007, children attending 6th grade are required to show proof of TDAP vaccination if it has been five years since receiving a tetanus-containing vaccine (DTaP, DT, or Td). Each school year, from 2007-2013, the Tdap requirement will expand a grade until by 2013 it will include all students in grades 6 – 12.
There are two vaccinations that are optional for adolescents to receive.
One is the Meningococcal Vaccine that will prevent certain types of
meningitis. Anyone can get Meningococcal Meningitis, but pre-teen and teens
are at greater risk and five times more likely to die compared with other
age groups. Health officials recommend vaccination for pre-teens and
teens 11 through 18 years of age and college freshmen living in college
dormitories. The other vaccination to consider is the HPV
(human papillomavirus) vaccine, which has been shown to
prevent precancerous lesions of the cervix.
Schools in Washington must make information available on Meningococcal and
Human Papillomavirus diseases to parents or guardians of all students
entering Grades 6-12. For the best information available, please visit the
Washington State Department of Health using the following links: