Immunizations

All Deer Park 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 teen are at greater risk and five times more likely to die compared with other age groups.  Schools in Washington must make information available on Meningococcal and Human Papillomavirus diseases to parents or guardians of all students entering Grades 6-12:  You may download a helpful flyer using this link – Meningococcal Disease and PreventionHealth official recommend vaccination for pre-teens and teens 11 through 18 years of age and college freshman living in college dormitories.

The other vaccination to consider is the HPV (human papilloma virus) vaccine, has been shown to prevent pre-cancerous lesions of the cervix.  If you want more details about these vaccines please open the parent letters we received from the Washington Department of Health.

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Document Title
Description
Certificate of ImmunizationThis is the official form for recording your student's immunizations. We must have this form on file for every student.
Medication Request FormThis form must be completed and signed by a licensed health provider in order for a student to have medications at school.
School Asthma Plan & Medication OrdersThis form must be completed for students that have asthma requiring the use of an inhaler or nebulizer. The form provides complete instructions for staff to handle asthma issues at school.
Asthma QuestionnaireThis form is to provide school personnel with history of a student's asthma including triggers and symptoms specific to a student.
Bee or Insect Allergy HistoryThis form is to provide school personnel with information about a student's bee or insect allergy including symptoms specific to a student as well as information about past reactions.
Allergic Reaction Plan and Medication OrdersThis form must be completed for students who have allergies that potentially require the use of an epi-pen. It provides complete instructions for staff to handle allergy emergencies at school.