Danielle Rivers RN
La Center DIstrict Nurse
360-263-2134 Ext. 218
MMR Vaccine Exemption Law Change 2019
In 2019, the Washington State Legislature passed a bill that removes the personal and philosophical option to exempt children from the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine required for school and child care entry. It also requires employees and volunteers at child care centers to provide immunization records indicating they have received the MMR vaccine or proof of immunity. The bill was signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee on May 10, 2019.
To help answer questions and share the current status, DOH has created an exemption law change webpage at www.doh.wa.gov/MMRexemption. This page contains information and resources on school and child care immunization requirement changes. The page is being updated as more information becomes available.
The recent measles outbreaks in Washington and the ongoing outbreaks across the United States demonstrate why the change to the vaccine exemption law will help keep Washington healthy and safe from three serious diseases. As the new law comes into effect, DOH will continue work in helping parents and the public understand the safety record of vaccines and the critical role they have in saving lives.
For more information, visit MMR Vaccine Exemption Law Change 2019.
- Nurse's Corner
- Helpful Links & Common Forms
- Med. Auth. Form Information
- Flu Resources & Prevention
- Mental Health Resources & Emergency Numbers
Welcome to the Nurse’s Corner!
In this section, you will find helpful information and access to school-related health documentation including immunization requirements and common medical forms. Be sure to check this section often for tips and important updates on keeping your students healthy throughout the school year.
Parents, please make sure doctor’s orders and emergency care plans are updated each school year. For students with asthma, diabetes, anaphylaxis, or seizures please turn in new doctor’s orders and update emergency plan with the school nurse. Any other life threatening condition should have an emergency care plan in place so that staff can best assist your child if needed.
Please contact me for additional information and questions.
Each school year an updated Medication Authorization must be submitted prior to the first day of school (also applicable to students who self-carry medication), and Health History forms should be completed to ensure that we have current medical information on file for your child. At the beginning of each year, your school office will send home forms for you to complete and return. Follow the links provided above to print each form, complete and return them to the office of your child’s school.
Medical forms may be dropped off at the school office or faxed to the following numbers:
- Elementary School—262-2133
- Middle School- 263-5936
- High School- 263-1705
Preventing the Flu: Good Health Habits Can Help Stop Germs
Brought to you by the Centers for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov)
The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated(http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm) each year, but good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu. There also are flu antiviral drugs(http://www.cdc.gov/flu/antivirals/whatyoushould.htm) that can be used to treat and prevent the flu.
- Avoid close contact.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.
- Cover your mouth and nose.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
- Clean your hands.
- Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Practice other good health habits.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
Learn how to avoid the flu: Everyday Preventive Actions
Mental Health Crisis and Suicide Support
Clark County Crisis Line: (360) 696-9560; 1-800-626-8137
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
The Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386 (LGBTQ)
Crisis Text Line: Text START to 741741
Youth Mobile Crisis Intervention Services: 1-360-567-2211 – 9300 NE Oak View Dr. Vancouver, WA 98662
Legacy: (503) 413-4848
PeaceHealth: (360) 696-5016
Mental Health Providers
Catholic Community Services WISE Referral: (360) 907-9043
Children’s Center: (360) 699-2244
Children’s Home Society: (360) 695-1325
Columbia River Mental Health: (360) 993-3000 – Vancouver Office
(360) 597-9731 – Battle Ground Office)
Family Solutions: (360) 695-1014
Real Life Counseling: (360) 619-2226
Sea Mar Vancouver Behavioral Health: (360) 566-4432
Teen Talk: (360) 397-CHAT (2428) Hours: Monday-Thursdays – 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Fridays 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Hotline: (360) 715-1563 National Alliance on Mental Illness: (360) 695-2823