Families in the Prairie Middle School feeder area will have easy access to immunizations to kick off the 2017-18 school year.
For the third year in a row, Prairie Middle School will host an in-school immunization clinic to protect the health of students of all ages. A collaborative effort between the Cherry Creek School District and the Tri-County Health Department, the immunization clinic will take place between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Aug. 9 at Prairie Middle School, 12600 E. Jewell Ave. in Aurora. The clinic coincides with the school's late registration hours.
Families will have access to all school-required and recommended immunizations for their children, including DTaP, Tdap, HIB, HEP A, HEP B, Polio, MMR, VAR PCV-13 HPV and MCV4. These vaccines protect children and the people around them from life-threatening illnesses such as measles, mumps, tetanus, pertussis, diphtheria, chicken pox and hepatitis.
The district's Health Services Department has also been spreading word of the upcoming clinic to populations at Overland High School, Highline, Village East, Eastridge, and Ponderosa elementary schools, all Prairie feeders.
"Many times, the school nurse has the best access to a student's immunization record ... Our goal as school nurses is to work with our families to achieve compliance and offer services and support through this process. How can we help you? What resources do you need? How can we facilitate your child's ability to access immunizations? Healthy students learn better and we are always trying to work with families to support their health."
-- Suzanne Oro, Director of Health Services for the Cherry Creek School District
"Our nurses spend a tremendous amount of time achieving immunization compliance," said Suzanne Oro, Director of Health Services for Cherry Creek Schools. The immunization clinic, she added, is part of a wider effort to safeguard the health of every student in the district. "Because of its size, its mobility and the 6th grade requirements, Prairie Middle School is where we focus our efforts to achieve compliance."
Though Cherry Creek Schools tops Colorado districts with an immunization compliance rate of over 98 percent, there are still members of the community in need. Additionally, not all children can have immunizations and may be exempt. By maintaining a high rate of immunization in the general population we protect those exempt from immunization through a concept called "herd immunity."
Immunizations can make a life-saving difference for these students. For example, an illness like pertussis, also known as the "100-Day Cough," can pose a serious health hazard, and cases have risen in Colorado in the past decade.
"Many times, the school nurse has the best access to a student's immunization record," Oro said. "Our goal as school nurses is to work with our families to achieve compliance and offer services and support through this process. How can we help you? What resources do you need? How can we facilitate your child's ability to access immunizations, a medical home and or dental home?
"Healthy students learn better and we are always trying to work with families to support their health," Oro added.
For more information, contact the CCSD Health Services Department at 720-554-4274 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.