Danielle Rivers RN
La Center DIstrict Nurse
360-263-2134 Ext. 2118
2021 Free and Low-Cost Back to School Immunization Clinics
Erin Uskoski RN
La Center DIstrict Nurse
360-263-2134 Ext. 2118
- Nurse's Corner
- Asthma-Diabetes-Allergies- Helpful Links & Common Health Forms
- Med. Auth. Form Information
- Back to School Immunization Clinics
- Flu Resources & Prevention
- Mental Health Resources & Emergency Numbers
- Immunization Information and Laws 2020
- HPV and Meningococcal Vaccine Information Letter for Parents
- MMR Vaccine Exemption Law Change 2019
- Need a Dentist?
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 https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/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
This FAQ will help answer questions about the current Immunization Laws for this year (2019-20) and next year (2020-2021).
(Posted Feb. 2020)
Meningococcal and HPV Information for Parents
August 30, 2021
Dear Parent or Guardian:
As a parent, there is nothing more important than safeguarding your child’s health. The Washington State Legislature requires us to make information available to you about meningococcal disease and human papillomavirus (HPV). Know the facts about these diseases and the vaccines available to protect your child.
Meningococcal Disease and Prevention
What is meningococcal disease?
Meningococcal disease is a serious bacterial infection. Fortunately, this life-threatening illness is rare, with only 20-30 cases reported each year in Washington. The most common symptoms of the disease include fever, cough, headache, and rash. It can cause meningitis (swelling of the covering of the brain and spinal cord). The disease spreads through close contact with an infected person. Teens and young adults are more likely to get meningococcal disease, especially if they live in group settings like college dorms.
How can I protect my child from meningococcal disease?
The meningococcal conjugate vaccine, or MCV4, prevents against four types of the disease. It is a 2-dose series recommended for all children between 11 and 12 years of age, and again at 16 to 18 years of age. The meningococcal B vaccine, or MenB, is recommended for some children with rare health conditions or who are at risk during a meningococcal B outbreak.
For more information about meningococcal disease and how to prevent it:
- Washington State Department of Health: www.doh.wa.gov/Immunization/DiseasesandVaccines/MeningitisMeningococcalDisease
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: www.cdc.gov/meningococcal
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and Prevention
What is HPV?
HPV is a common virus. Most people exposed to HPV will never develop health issues. But for others, HPV causes major health problems, including cervical, anal, vulvar, mouth, and throat cancer. Most infected people have no symptoms and may spread the virus without knowing it. HPV spreads mainly through sexual contact.
How can I protect my child from HPV?
Make sure your child gets the HPV vaccine. The vaccine is highly effective. The HPV vaccine can prevent infection from some of the most common and serious types of HPV that cause cancer and genital warts. The vaccine does not get rid of existing HPV infections.
Who should get the vaccine and when should they get it?
Because the vaccine is more effective when given at younger ages, two doses of HPV vaccine are recommended for all boys and girls starting at ages 9 to 14. If boys or girls do not get the first dose of HPV vaccine before age 15, it is recommended as a three-dose series.
For more information on HPV, the vaccine, and cervical cancer:
- Washington State Department of Health: www.doh.wa.gov/hpv
- Centers for Disease Control & Prevention: www.cdc.gov/hpv
Where can I find the meningococcal and HPV vaccines?
Talk to your healthcare provider about the vaccines your child needs. In addition to meningococcal and HPV, your preteen should receive Tdap. Washington offers vaccines at no cost to kids through age 18. Providers may charge an office visit fee or administration fee to give the vaccine. If you can’t afford these fees, you can ask to have them waived.
Danielle Rivers, RN
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.
If you have dental insurance:
- Dentistlink.org or call/text (844) 888-5465
If you do NOT have dental insurance
School Sealant Clinics for Medicaid children
360-601-0396 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Sea Mar Community Health Centers
Medicaid enrollment, medical and dental services
6100 NE Fourth Plain Blvd, 360-947-2550
7410 E Delaware Lane, 360-566-4402
5411 E Mill Plain #28, 360-397-8459
Free Clinic of Southwest Washington
Dental program, appointment only
360-313-1397 or 360-313-1383
myIR - My Immunization Record
What is MyIR?
MyIR stands for “My Immunization Record” and it’s an electronic portal for consumers to directly access their official state immunization records online. In the past, consumers could only get their immunization records by calling or visiting a healthcare provider or their child’s school or contacting the state health department. This process can be time-consuming and burdensome for providers, patients, school staff, and state health departments, particularly during kindergarten registration, back-to-school season, or disease outbreaks when providers receive a high volume of immunization record requests. Registering for MyIR gives consumers a secure, easy method for accessing their and their dependents’ immunization records in real time.