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Health Services

Insurance: School insurance is available for any student desiring to participate in the program. Students will not be permitted to participate in athletic competition without adequate coverage or without a signed form releasing all responsibility from the school. When accidental injury or illness occurs in school, the front office should be notified immediately.

Information about THA Children Health Insurance Program (CHIP) will be available in the office.

Medications: While all medications should be administered at home prior to, or after school if at all possible, there are times when medication must be administered at school. MEDICATIONS MUST BE TURNED IN TO THE SCHOOL NURSEwith clear directions for its administration and parents must sign a medical release form. Students are not to have medications of any kind, prescription or over-the-counter, in their possession at school, or at any school sponsored activity. Students found to be in possession of prescription, or over-the-counter drugs are subject to disciplinary measures including suspension and arrest.

MENINGOCOCCAL DISEASE

Important Information on Meningococcal Disease and Vaccine.

What is meningococcal disease? Meningococcal disease is a serious illness, caused by bacteria. It is the leading cause of bacterial meningitis in children 2-18 years old In the United States.

How do you catch the disease? The bacteria that cause meningococcal disease are very common. The disease is most common in children and people with certain medical conditions that affect their immune system.

College freshman living in dormitories also have increased risk of getting the disease. The disease is spread through exchange of respiratory droplets or saliva with an infected person including kissing, coughing, sneezing, and sharing drinking glasses and eating utensils. In a few people, the bacteria overcome the body's immune system and pass through the lining of the nose and throat into the blood stream where this causes meningitis. Meningitis is a term that describes inflammation of the tissues surrounding the brain and spinal cord.

What are the symptoms of the disease?

*Fever
*Headache
*Stiff neck
*Red rash
*Drowsiness
*Nausea and vomiting

Meningococcal vaccine: Who should get the vaccine and when?

MCV4, or the meningococcal vaccine, is recommended for all children 11-12 years of age and for unvaccinated adolescents at high school entry (15 yrs. of age.) High school seniors should also consider obtaining the vaccine prior to entering college, especially if they are planning on living in a dormitory. Please consult your physician or local health department for more information. For more information on this and other vaccine recommendations go to: www.adph.org/immunization