Class of 2021:Meningitis vaccine information!
The state of Ohio requires a meningitis vaccine for all seniors. This applies to ALL seniors, even if you do not attend school in the high school building. This means, if you are at the career center, the Learning Center, the Academy, attend CCP classes, are on Home Instruction, even if you never step foot in the high school building, if you are a senior, you need this vaccine! We don't know how your senior year will start out, but you still need this vaccine. The vaccine you need is called MCV4, also known as Menactra or Menveo. The meningitis B vaccine is a good vaccine to have, but it is not the required vaccine. You need the MCV4 vaccine. Here's an idea: get BOTH vaccines and be doubly safe!
So, what to do? Call your doctor and ask if you have had this vaccine SINCE YOU TURNED 16 (this is important). A lot of you have had this, but we don't have the paperwork. If you have had it, ask your doctor's office to print you a copy, then bring it to the clinic (or give it to the secretary-she's cool and will get it to us). If you haven't had this vaccine, have your parent make an appointment with your doctor. You can also make an appointment at the Little Clinic or the CVS Minute Clinic, but make sure they take your insurance. The Montgomery County Health Department provides vaccines but you need an appointment. Call 937-225-4550 to make an appointment. They are free or really cheap if you don't have insurance and who doesn't like a free vaccine?
What if I don't get this vaccine? Once school starts, you have 10 school days to submit proof of vaccination. After that, the state requires us to exclude you from school. This means no school, which. let's face it, you're used to that by now, but it also means no extracurricular activities, such as sports or marching band. Your coach will not like this and you don't want that. For you marching band seniors, you know how much you would hate to be sidelined for your senior year!
What if I CAN'T get the vaccine? Please submit a waiver from your doctor, if a medical waiver, or your parents, if a religious or philosophical waiver. If there is another reason why you can't get this vaccine, please, please, please contact the clinic.
If you or your parents have any questions, please email the clinic at firstname.lastname@example.org
. Once you have your record, you can even email it at this address. You can mail it to 2660 Dayton-Xenia Rd, Beavercreek, 45434. You can walk in and give it to the secretary. Or, you can ask your parent to deal with it, because we know it will get done that way.
Meningitis can damage your brain. Take care of your brain. You might need it sometime.
The clinics at Beavercreek High School and Ferguson Freshman Hall are available for all students during school hours and are staffed by Registered Nurses and a Licensed School Nurse. We are responsible for assessment and treatment of students who are ill or injured, administering medications and medical treatments as needed, ensuring that our students are up-to-date on immunizations, and for performing hearing and vision screenings, among many other duties.
Medical Forms: All prescribed medications require a signed order from a doctor. Once the form has been signed, you can bring it to the clinic with a supply of medication. Medication must be in a prescription bottle with a label from the pharmacy. We cannot accept medication in a baggie, envelope, or any container other than one dispensed by a pharmacy.
The OneView forms allows parents to select over-the counter medications to be administered as needed by the clinic nurses. When filling out this form, please check "YES", then check which medications you will allow us to give your child.
You may visit the clinic or print forms from the district website:
Procedure for going home ill: When a student comes to the clinic feeling unwell, he/she will be seen and assessed by one of the nurses. If the student meets any of the criteria below, the nurse will contact the parent(s) listed on the student's forms. If the student does not have any symptoms indicating the need to go home, but still wishes to go home, the nurse will contact the parent, and the parent can choose to pick up or dismiss the student to go home. This is the equivalent of a parent note.
Students will be sent home if they are exhibiting the following symptoms:
- Fever (anything over 100.4, or over 100 with certain symptoms)
- Vomiting for a reason possibly having to do with a contagious illness
- Active head lice
- A generalized rash of unknown origin
- Any other symptoms at the discretion of the nurse.
Parents are responsible for providing or arranging transportation for children who are sent home. If a fever has been confirmed, students must be fever-free for 24 hours before returning to school. If a student has had more than one episode of vomiting, there should be 24 hours since the last episode before the student returns to school.