Waxahachie ISD Student Health Services
Healthy Children Learn Better!
All children have the right to learn and reach their maximum potential in an environment that is safe and free from danger. In order to maximize this learning, we believe that students need to be healthy. Good health is more than the absence of illness or disease. It is also the ability to function at an optimum level of physiological, emotional, and psychological well-being.
Managing the Flu Together
Flu season in Texas runs October - March. We at Waxahachie ISD know that preparation is key. By working together as parents, staff, and students, we can help to reduce the outbreak within our school district. Below are some simple steps that each of us can take:
- Know the symptoms: Flu-like symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, fatigue and nasal congestion.
- Stay home: Stay home if you experience fever greater than 100.0 degrees and until you are fever-free without Tylenol or Advil for at least 24 hours. Stay home if you have large amounts of secretions such as coughing and sneezing. Stay home if you experience vomiting and/or diarrhea and until you have been free of vomiting and/or diarrhea for 24 hours.
- Wash hands: Wash hands with hot water and soap or use hand sanitizers several times throughout the day especially before eating, after using the restroom, and playing outside.
- Cough & sneeze properly: Cough or sneeze into your sleeve or use Kleenex. Never cough or sneeze into your hands.
- Disinfect: Disinfect frequently touched items daily.
- Do not share: Never share food or drink and encourage others to do the same.
- Vaccinate: Get a flu vaccination as they are still available at doctors’ offices, drug stores, and health clinics.
- Practice the 3 C's: Cough into your sleeve, clean your hands frequently and contain the flu by staying home when you are sick.
Immunizations Required for Students Pre-K through 12th Grade
All students under 4 years of age:
• DTAP - 4 doses
• POLIO - 3 doses
• HEPATITIS B - 3 doses
• PNEUMOCOCCAL- 1 to 4 doses (depending on age first dose received)
• HIB- 1 to 4 doses (depending on age first dose received)
• MMR- 1 dose - after 1st birthday
• VARICELLA - 1 dose after 1st birthday or history of chickenpox disease
• HEPATITIS A - 2 doses required after the age of 1 year
Kindergarten through 6th grade or students 4 years of age or older:
All of the above plus
• DTAP 1 dose after 4th birthday
• POLIO 1 dose after 4th birthday
• MMR - a second dose is required before entry into school
• VARICELLA - a second dose is required before entry into school ( or history of chickenpox disease)
If a student has not received HIB or Pneumococcal before the age of 5, they will not need those vaccines.
7 to 12th grade:
ALL of the shots previously listed on this page PLUS
• TDAP before entering 7th or within 5 years of entering 7th grade
• MENINGITIS - 1 dose before entering 7th grade and one dose as a senior (required for college entrance)
• A second VARICELLA if not previously done
Please Note: Your child will not be allowed to pick up their schedules for 7th, 8th or 9th grades unless these shots are complete, and a record is on file at the school, or the vaccine exemption form is on file. State law requires that a student who is not completely immunized or without the proper exemption documentation of the required immunizations will not be allowed to attend school.
For further information, please contact:
Melissa Bousquet, WISD Nurse Coordinator
Waxahachie, Texas 75165
(972) 923-4690 x47101