February 18, 2021 Announcements

A Note from our Nurse Regarding 11th Grade Students

Parents of 11th grade students:

There are new requirements for your student’s immunization status at school, please read the following so you know what you will need to obtain for your child so you can fill the needed requirements before the start of the 2021/2022 school year.

Effective January 11, 2017, the change requires a one-time dose of meningococcal (A, C, W, Y) vaccine received on or after 10 years of age for applicants in grades 7 and above, if born after September 15, 2004; and 2 doses of meningococcal (A, C, W, Y) vaccines for applicants in grade 12, if born after September 15, 1999; or 1 dose if received when applicants are 16 years of age or older. There is no grace period for this and it needs to be done prior to the school year.

Meningococcal disease caused by any serogroup is very serious. Approximately 10 to 15% of people with meningococcal disease die even with appropriate treatment. Of those who recover, up to 20% suffer from serious after-effects, such as permanent hearing loss, limb loss, or brain damage. Meningococcal vaccines are very safe and effective at preventing meningococcal disease. The meningococcal vaccine is 85 – 100% effective at preventing infection from the subtypes of meningococcus found in the vaccine. The National Immunization Survey (NIS) Teen, 2015 results indicate 75% of Iowa adolescents 13-17 years of age have received one dose the Meningococcal (A, C, W, and Y) vaccine. The national average for one dose of meningococcal vaccine is 81.3%. The meningococcal secondary school vaccine requirement will help Iowa achieve and maintain high adolescent vaccine coverage levels, protecting the health of adolescents, friends, families, and communities.

What does this mean for you? You will need to call your physician’s office and make an appointment for the meningitis vaccine. Most students do not have this requirement met as it is new. You will need to check your home records with the dates above, or call your physician’s office to see what your status is. If you have no insurance, you may call the Siouxland District Health Department at 279-6119 to schedule an appointment. Some of you may have received this vaccine but not given a copy to East High as it was not required, so if you have received it within the dates above please send a copy to school. Any records can also be faxed to East High at 712- 274-4670 with attention to the school nurse. Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter.

Nancy Treft
School Nurse, East High School