• Immunizations

    This Won't Hurt a Bit

    Okay, a shot may hurt a little, but the diseases they can prevent are a lot worse, some are even life-threatening. That's why immunizations (vaccinations), are essential to our health and wellbeing.

    Our bodies are amazing, but they need a little help when it comes to fighting communicable diseases like measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, polio, tetanus, and pertussis (whooping cough). Vaccines stimulate the immune system to react as if there were a real infection. It fends off the "infection" and remembers the germ. Then, it can fight the germ if it enters the body later.

    Today, most children in the United States lead much healthier lives and their parents live with much less anxiety over infections during childhood. Immunizations are one of the success stories of modern medicine.  

    COVID-19 VACCINE: Currently the U.S. has 3 highly effective vaccines to offer. Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are for individuals 18 years and older. The Pfizer vaccine can be administered to individuals 12 years and older. If you choose to have your student vaccinated please send a copy to the school nurses. Individuals do not have their full immunity from the vaccine until 2 weeks after the 2nd dose of Pfizer or Moderna or the single dose of J&J. If an individual is exposed to COVID-19 they DO NOT have to quarantine AS LONG AS it is 2 weeks past the 2nd dose of Pfizer/Moderna or single J&J dose. More informatin about the vaccine can be found here. Also, answers to FAQ can be found here.

     

    Immunizations 
    Per MA Dept. of Public Health, IMMUNIZATION OF STUDENTS BEFORE ADMISSION TO SCHOOL, 105 CMR 220.000 applies to all students attending public or private elementary schools, secondary schools, post-secondary institutions of higher education, and certain pre-schools in the Commonwealth, including students from other states and countries.   

    Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 76, section 15 requires NO CHILD WILL BE ADMITTED TO SCHOOL WITHOUT PROOF OF FULL IMMUNIZATION. Parents, you must make this information available before your child's first day of school. State laws require us to exclude children from school without proper documentation of full immunization. Exceptions to this are medical exemptions certified by a physician or a statement of religious objection by the parent.   

    • Massachusetts School Immunization Requirements   
    • New Meningococcal Requirement   
    • What If You Don’t Immunize Your Child

    Communicable Diseases
    Chickenpox
    EEE (Eastern Equine Encephalitis)
    Mosquito Repellents
    Enterovirus
    Fifth Disease
    Head Lice
    Influenza
    Cold versus Flu
    Lyme Disease
    Mononucleosis "Mono"
    Pertussis

     

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