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"Healthy Children Learn Better, School Nurses Make it Happen!"

 

School nursing, a specialized practice of nursing, protects and promotes student health, facilitates optimal development, and advances academic success. School nurses, grounded in ethical and evidence-based practice, are the leaders who bridge health care and education, provide care coordination, advocate for quality student-centered care, and collaborate to design systems that allow individuals and communities to develop their full potentials.

 

~Approved by the NASN Board of Directors Feb 2017.

  • 2018-2019 Texas Minimum State Vaccine Requirements for Students Grade K-12


    A student shall show acceptable evidence of vaccination prior to entry, attendance, or transfer to a child-care facility or public or private elementary or secondary school in Texas.

    Students entering 7th grade for the 2018-2019 school year Immunization Requirements

    In addition to a curent immunization record, we must have a record that shows the following vaccines have been received:

    • 1 dose of Meningococcal Vaccine (meningitis)  Meningococcal vaccines protect against infection with a type of bacteria that causes meningitis and blood infection (sepsis). Adolescents are at increased risk of getting this infection. This is a rare, but extremely serious disease that kills up to 10 percent of those who get it. Up to 20 percent of survivors will have serious long-term or permanent complications such as brain damage, kidney damage, deafness, or amputations. Please note that adolescents need a booster vaccine at age 16. Parents should also ask about a second type of meningococcal vaccine (meningococcal B) that may be appropriate for their child between ages 16-18 years.
    • 1 dose of Tdap Vaccine (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) Tdap vaccine includes protection against pertussis (whooping cough), which has been on the rise in the US especially among children 10-19 years old and babies under five years old. Vaccination is important even if your child was vaccinated as an infant, because the protection from those vaccines may not last into the teen years.
    • Human Papillomavirius vaccine (HPV) HPV vaccine protects against a cancer-causing infection. The HPV vaccine is recommended as a two dose series for boys and girls age 9-14.  After the age of 15 a three-dose series over a six-month period is needed to protect both females and males. Teens or young adults who have not gotten any or all of the recommended doses should make an appointment to be vaccinated. Younger adolescents have higher antibody levels to vaccination compared to older adolescents and young adults. This may result in longer lasting immunity for those vaccinated earlier in adolescence.

    Please provide your shot record to the School nurse if your child has received these vaccines.  Your student will not be able to receive a schedule or attend school until the shots are received and written record is provided. 


    2018-2019 Texas Minimum State Vaccine Requirements
    Texas Minimum State Vaccine Requirements for Students Grades K-12

  • Posted: May 15, 2018

    NBISD is committed to educating our students about living a healthy lifestyle as well as being responsible and safe. We want to take this opportunity to make you aware of a trend among students that is causing concern not only in NBISD, but across the country. Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) have grown in use and popularity over the past few years particularly among youth and young adults.

     

    ENDS, also called e-cigarettes, personal vaporizers, vape pens, e-cigars, e-hookah, or vaping devices, are products that produce an aerosolized mixture containing flavored liquids and nicotine that is inhaled by the user. ENDS can resemble traditional products like cigarettes, cigars, pipes, or common gadgets like flashlights, flash drives, or pens.

    ENDS can resemble traditional products like cigarettes, cigars, pipes, or common gadgets like flashlights, flash drives, or pens.

    These devices are being marketed as a safer alternative to cigarettes and students are also attracted to the sleek and inconspicuous designs offered. Devices such as Juul are the same size and shape as a flash drive and can be easily concealed. Kids are using words like “Juuling,” “vaping” or “dripping” to talk about these devices and their experiences. Additionally, the “e-liquid” or “e-juice” is sold in flavors like fruit, candy, coffee or chocolate and can be ordered online by someone under the legal age of 18.

     

    Students are not allowed to possess these devices, however, we are still encountering them at school. We are asking for your assistance to address this issue and encourage you to speak with your child about the effects products like these can have on their health as well as the consequences they could face at school. Just like you, we are concerned about the health and welfare of our children.

     

    Any student found in the possession of or use of a vaping device, vapors or tobacco on any NBISD campus will face disciplinary consequences.

     

    If you have any questions, feel free to contact a campus administrator or one of your child’s teachers. For additional resources, click on the links below provided online by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Center for Disease Control.

     

    Sources and Image References:

    American Academy of Pediatrics. “Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems Quick Facts.” Available at:

    https://www.aap.org/en-us/advocacy-and-policy/aap-health-initiatives/Richmond-Center/Pages/Electronic-Nicotine-Delivery-Systems.aspx

     

    Center for Disease Control. “E-Cigarettes and Young People: A Public Health Concern.” Available at:  https://www.cdc.gov/features/ecigarettes-young-people/index.html

     

    E-cigarettes Infographic

    https://www.aap.org/en-us/advocacy-and-policy/aap-health-initiatives/Richmond-Center/PublishingImages/ECigInfographic.jpg

Texas Minimum State Vaccine Requirements for Students Grades K-12

A student shall show acceptable evidence of vaccination prior to entry, attendance, or transfer to a child-care facility or public or private elementary or secondary school in Texas.  Please refer to the schedule at the above link for the details of each vaccine required for enrollment into New Braunfels  ISD. 

As summer arrives, so do mosquitoes!  Mosquito activity increases with warmer weather, and so does the threat of illness. Pregnant women are particularly at risk of Zika; the virus can cause birth defects in unborn infants. The Zika virus spreads through the bite of certain types of mosquitoes. While it can cause fever, rash, joint pain, and red or pink eyes, about 80 percent of people with Zika do not become ill or have symptoms. Zika can also spread through blood transfusions and sexual contact. . Prevent mosquito breeding and protect yourself from mosquito bites. You can learn more about Zika inTexas here

Listed below are some steps to help prevent mosquito-borne illnesses.

  • Apply EPA-approved insect repellent.
  • Remove standing water in cans, bottles, buckets, tires, wheelbarrows or any container that can hold water. 
  • Wear clothing that covers hands, arms, legs, and exposed skin.  This can include hats with mosquito netting and socks to cover your ankles. 
  • Cover trash cans or containers where water can collect.    

For additional information on Zika in Comal County visit Zika in Central Texas.  

Zika Virus Protection and Prevention from TEA

Free Texas Prescription Card

As a resident of Texas, you and your family have access to a statewide Prescription Assistance Program (PAP).  Create and print your FREE discount prescription drug card coupon.  The pharmacy coupon card will provide you with Rx medication savings of up to 75% at more than 68,000 pharmacies across the country including CVS, Walgreens and Walmart. 

 

 

December 23, 2016

DSHS Immunization Branch Advisory No. 27 - CDC Recommends Two HPV Shots for Younger Adolescents

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has updated its recommendation regarding the three injection series of HPV vaccination in adolescents, beginning at age 11-12 years. CDC now routinely recommends two doses of HPV vaccine for 11 or 12 year olds to prevent HPV cancers.


Why does my child need HPV vaccine

HPV vaccine is important because it protects against cancers caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. HPV is a very common virus; nearly 80 million people—about one in four—are currently infected in the United States. About 14 million people, including teens, become infected with HPV each year.

Most people with HPV never develop symptoms or health problems. Most HPV infections (9 out of 10) go away by themselves within two years. But, sometimes, HPV infections will last longer, and can cause certain cancers and other diseases. HPV infection can cause:

  • cancers of the cervix, vagina, and vulva in women;
  • cancers of the penis in men; and

  • cancers of the anus and back of the throat, including the base of the tongue and tonsils (oropharynx), in both women and men.


Every year in the United States, HPV causes 30,700 cancers in men and women. HPV vaccination can prevent most of the cancers (about 28,000) from occurring.

 

 

The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year, but good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu. There also are flu antiviral drugs that can be used to treat and prevent flu.

Go Blue and Kick the Flu!  Influenza Vaccination is the most effective method for preventing illness and reducing absenteeism.  New Braunfels ISD is partnering to provide flu vaccines for our staff and students in October 2018 at schools.  You may also consult your physician, local pharmacy or Health Department to get vaccinated!

1. Avoid close contact.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.

2. Stay home when you are sick.

If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others.  Students and staff must be fever free (less than 100.4) for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication before returning to school. 

3. Cover your mouth and nose.

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.

4. Clean your hands.

Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.

6. Practice other good health habits.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

For more information visit the CDC.gov website or download the related CDC flyers.

Flu and You Flyer - English

Flu and You Flyer - Spanish

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