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Welcome to the Health Room at Metropolis Elementary School!
Sherry Deming, BSN,  RN

Goals of a School Nurse:

Reduce health-related absenteeism.

Eliminate or minimize health problems that impair learning.

Reduce or prevent health problems through education.

Educate the community as to the health concerns of school-aged children.

Help students to achieve the highest degree of independent functioning.

Assist with referrals and screenings.

Tdap Vaccine Information 

Dear Parents/Guardians, 

Numerous outbreaks of pertussis (whooping cough) have occurred recently among school children in Illinois. Pertussis is easily transmitted through coughing and sneezing and may cause an illness that persists for weeks to months. Pertussis does not typically cause severe illness in healthy students, but can cause prolonged absences from school and extracurricular activities. In addition, pertussis can be transmitted from healthy students to infants and individuals with chronic illnesses, for whom pertussis an be life-threatening.

Protection against pertussis begins to wear off during grade school. This leaves pre-teens, teenagers and adults at risk for this illness. To address the increase in pertussis cases among older students, a booster vaccination called Tdap, is recommended for all students in grades six through twelve. 

This fall, students entering sixth through ninth grades will be required to provide proof of one Tdap vaccination along with the school physical forms that are also required for these grades. 

Students in these grades without one of the following will be subject to exclusion:
    1. Proof of Tdap vaccination
    2. An approved medical or religion exemption on file with the school
    3. An appointment showing your child is to receive the Tdap shot

See the "Frequently Asked Questions About the Tdap Vaccine Requirement" attachment for more information. 

Many providers, local pharmacies and most local health departments provide Tdap vaccinations. Many providers participate in the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program, which provides vaccines at no cost to doctors who serve Medicaid-eligible children younger than 19 years of age. If you need assistance, check with your local health department for resources for getting the Tdap vaccination. 

Check with you doctor if you are not sure if your child has received the Tdap, and if not, get your child vaccinated. 

Healthy children are best prepared to learn and thrive inside and outside our schools. 

If you have any questions or need assistance regarding this request, please do not hesitate to notify the school nurse or your local health department. 

Thank you for your assistance throughout this process!

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