5K NISD students in danger of missing 1st day of school

'No Shots, No School' policy enforced for 2014-15 school year

By Dawn Brooks
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Due to the enforcement of Northside Independent School District's "No Shots, No School" policy, students who are not up-to-date on their immunizations -- approximately 5,000 -- will not be allowed to attend class when the school year begins on Aug. 25.

However, the University Health System will be offering their services, such as immunizations, physicals and minor acute care, at local schools as a convenient way for parents to make sure their children will be ready for the first day of school.

The services will be offered at the following schools from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the listed dates:

  • July 28: Jefferson Middle School, 10900 Shaenfield, 78254
  • Aug. 13: Rawlinson Middle School, 14100 Vance Jackson, 78249
  • Aug. 18: Jones Middle School, 1256 Pinn Road, 78227
  • Aug. 19: Luna Middle School, 200 N. Grosenbacher Road, 78253
  • Aug. 20: Vale Middle School, 2120 N. Ellison Drive, 78251

The University Health System accepts private insurance, CHIP, Medicaid and Carelink. However, for those uninsured, a $15 fee will be collected at the time of the visit.

Click here for more information on the University Health System's services, or call 358-3670 for more information.

Immunizations required for the 2014-15 school year:

Students age 7 that are starting their vaccine are required to have three doses: One booster dose of a Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis -- containing vaccine is required for entry into seventh grade if at least five years have passed since the last dose of a Tetanus-containing vaccine. Grades 8-12 require a booster dose of Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis-containing vaccine every 10 years.

DTP/DTaP/DT/TD/Tdap: Five doses required for entry of kindergarten students unless the fourth dose was received on or after the fourth birthday. Doses are also required for students entering pre-kindergarten -- school nurse will evaluate.

Polio: Four doses of IPV are required for kindergarten students unless the third dose was received after the fourth birthday. Doses are also required for students entering pre-kindergarten -- school nurse will evaluate. It can be any combination of OPV or IPV. Not required of 18-year-old students.

Measles/Mumps/Rubella: Two doses of MMR are required. The first dose shall be administered on or after the first birthday. The second dose is to be administered by age 5 or entry into kindergarten. One dose is required for pre-kindergarten.

HIB: Three doses of Haemophilus Influenza type B vaccine and a booster if given before the child is 15 months, or one dose of vaccine if given after 15 months. HIB vaccine is given through 4 years of age and is required for students in pre-kindergarten.

Hepatitis Type A: Two doses of Hepatitis A are required for students in grades Pre-K, kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. The second dose of Hepatitis A is administered six months after the administration of the first dose.

Type B: Three doses of Hepatitis B are required for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.

Varicella (Chicken Pox): Two doses of Varicella vaccine received on or after the first birthday are required for students in grades kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12. Two doses are required if the student was 13 years of age at the time the first dose of Varicella was received. If the student has had Varicella (Chicken Pox) illness, please request a form from the school nurse to validate illness. One dose is required for students entering pre-kindergarten and those in grade six.

Pneumococcal (PCV7): PCV7 is mandated for all students 3-4 years of age. The school nurse will evaluate the number of doses needed or if the student is complete to enter pre-kindergarten.

Menactra (Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine): This vaccine protects students 11 years of age and older from Meningitis. One dose is required for students in grades 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12.

Parents who would like their children to be exempt from immunization requirements should call the Texas Health Department at 800-252-9152.

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