Change in Immunization Record-keeping Letter
Dear Parent or Guardian,
Our school district values the health of our students. We follow state laws to ensure students are up-to-date with required vaccines, so they are protected from diseases and come ready to learn. We are updating the way we keep track of vaccination records. We are now using an online immunization system called the School Module, which is created by the Washington State Department of Health. This system allows us to view your child’s immunization record quickly and efficiently and determine if your child has all the vaccines required for school.
If your child was born and vaccinated in Washington, your child’s records are already in the state system, which is one of the reasons for the record-keeping change. You can access these records at any time by registering for MyIR, at https://wa.myir.net/register.
These are some of the benefits of changing our practice:
- Less staff time spent on managing and searching student immunization records
- Quicker follow up with you and your child for incomplete immunization record
- More accurate records
As we move to this new record-keeping system, the school nurse may ask you for additional information about your child’s immunization dates. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact the school nurse at your child’s school.
Thank you for your time.
Marie Zahner DeBell MN RN NCSN
Interim Manager Health Services Seattle Public Schools
The Lice Are Back!
We went quite a while without any reports of lice at West Woodland, but recently there have been a few cases. Please remember to check your student’s hair regularly, especially Friday and Sunday nights. If you discover lice, please let your student’s teacher and/or the office know. Please inform any after school programs they attend also. Students can return to Seattle Public Schools once lice have been treated. Check with your after school program, because rules about lice vary. Thank you for your help with this- Nurse Alison
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Mumps Outbreak in King County
An outbreak of mumps has developed in King County, mainly in the Auburn area, but the outbreak can easily spread to other schools and areas in King County. Mumps is a disease caused by a virus. It typically starts with a few days of fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, and a loss of appetite. Then a person with mumps may develop swollen cheeks or jaw.
Most people with mumps get well in a few weeks. Some people who get mumps may have a mild illness or may not even know that they have the disease. However, mumps can occasionally cause serious health problems, especially in adults. These health problems can include swelling of the brain or deafness.
How can you prevent mumps?
- Get mumps vaccine (included in the MMR vaccine).
- Stay away from anyone who has mumps.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water.
- Don’t share cups, spoons, forks, baby bottles, and other utensils.
What to do if you think you have mumps
- Call your doctor if you or your child has the signs of mumps: fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, loss of appetite, and swollen cheeks or jaw.
- Stay home and away from other people. This includes staying away from family as much as possible so they don’t get sick.
Learn more about mumps
Get updates on the mumps outbreak in King County at the Public Health Insider blog (publichealthinsider.com)
Read about Mumps Outbreaks: Why We Care About Mumps and Is the Vaccine Working? By Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County
Lice have returned to West Woodland
Students have returned to school and, unfortunately, so have lice. The best way to control the spread of lice is for families to check their students’ hair regularly. The best times to check are Friday and Sunday nights, because students are often with different friends during the week and the weekend.
To look for lice:
- Have your child sit in a well light place- natural light or a good strong lamp really helps.
- Look at the scalp at the nape of the neck, the crown of the head, behind both ears and at the forehead. Nits are translucent and teardrop shaped. They usually attach to the hair shaft near the scalp.
- Live lice are very small and, depending on their age and last meal, vary from almost clear to dark brown. Lice move quickly but do not hop or jump.
- If you have a lice comb you can use it to thoroughly go through all areas of the head. It is most effective when the hair is wet. Again focus on hair close to the scalp.
- Placing a white or light-colored towel around the shoulders to catch lice and nits that are combed out.
- If lice are found on one person, check the whole family. Notify friends who have had recent contact.
- Remind your students not to share things that touch the head such as brushes, combs, headbands, helmets, hats, scarves etc.
If you find lice or nits, please let the school and child care know. Please contact the school nurse if you have questions or concerns. – Alison Inkley, West Woodland school nurse, 206-252-1607