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Vaccines for Schools
The following provides information for parents, school administrators and staff, and health care professionals, on immunization requirements for school attendance in Oklahoma and links to lesson plans to educate students about vaccine-preventable diseases and vaccines.
All 7th grade students must have Tdap. Ask your doctor for meningococcal (CDC web site) and Human papillomavirus (CDC website) HPV vaccine at the same time and protect your teen now and in the future.
School immunization laws are one of the most effective ways to prevent disease outbreaks. Outbreaks of diseases such as diphtheria, polio, and measles were common in schools before vaccines were available. Schools were major sites for transmission of these diseases. School immunization laws work and now these diseases have almost vanished from the United States. We all have our parents and grandparents to thank for supporting these laws. If we keep vaccinating our children we can look forward to a future when these diseases will be eradicated. (For more information see the OSDH Immunizations website or CDC Immunizations)
Several different disease-causing agents can be spread by water. Many, like Giardia, Salmonella, E. coli 0157:H7 (EHEC) and Shigella, are primarily spread from person to person or contaminated food, but can also contaminate water and cause disease. Please use this link for additional information about selected waterborne diseases and health tips.
As the intense heat of late summer drives Oklahomans to find relief in lakes, rivers and streams, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) wants to remind everyone of the risk of water related illness as natural bodies of water are not disinfected. Recreational bodies of water can be contaminated with germs from sewage spills, animal waste, water runoff following rainfall and germs from swimmers. For more information follow this link.
Beat the Heat
This link from CDC suggests self-help measures that are not a substitute for medical care but may help you recognize and respond promptly to warning signs of trouble. Your best defense against heat-related illness is prevention. Staying cool and making simple changes in your fluid intake, activities, and clothing during hot weather can help you remain safe and healthy. Other information from OSDH: Summer Heat Prompts Safety Concerns for Children and OSDH Warns of Signs of Heat-Related Illnesses .
OSDH Warns to Protect Health and Property During Upcoming Wildfire Season
OSDH Emergency Manager Darrell Eberly encourages families to have a plan for evacuation in the event they are forced to leave their homes quickly. “Wildfires can occur anywhere,” said Eberly. “They can start in remote areas, or even in your own backyard.”
In effort to protect homes and property, OSDH encourages homeowners to make a few minor adjustments to prevent the risk of fire. This becomes increasingly important as a growing number of housing additions are being developed near wooded areas. Homeowners are encouraged to trim all branches that overhang the house. Branches around the chimney and driveway should be trimmed within 15 feet. Lower branches should be pruned 6-10 feet up to prevent ground fires from spreading to the top. Other tips to protect a home from wildfire include:
For more information about preparing for a wildfire or other event, visit www.ready.gov.
Chase Morris Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act
Approved Providers for Sudden Cardiac Arrest training courses for coaches
Provider: National Federation of High Schools
Provider: Sports Safety International
Comanche County Health Assessment and Survey 2015
West Nile virus (WNV) is a reportable disease in Oklahoma. Cases and deaths for 2015 have been confirmed in Oklahoma. Persons are at greatest risk of exposure to infected mosquitoes from July through October in our state. Persons of any age can become ill after being bitten by an infected mosquito, but those over the age of 50 are at greater risk of developing serious illness involving the nervous system. Over 80% of people infected with the virus never become ill. If people do become ill, most cases are mild with symptoms such as a fever, headache, tiredness and body aches that go away on their own. Some people may develop a rash on the trunk of the body. In more severe cases, persons can develop meningitis or other neurologic disease.
There are over 60 species of mosquitoes in Oklahoma, some of which may carry disease. The species differ in how they look. They also differ in how they act, such as how aggressive they are when they bite, where they breed, and when they are the most active. The mosquito population boom that has resulted from the excessive recent rainfall does not foretell a more severe WNV season. The type of mosquitoes that hatch after severe flooding are primarily the species of mosquitoes classified as “nuisance mosquitoes”. They bite aggressively and cause lots of itchy bites, but they are not typically involved with transmission of diseases. Floodwater mosquito populations tend to die out 3 weeks after the rains stop and the sun dries out affected low lying areas. The following are links for more information regarding mosquitoes:
Severe Weather Alerts
E-Cigarettes & Other Vapor Products
E-cigarettes and vapor products have become increasingly popular and accessible in Oklahoma, which has raised many questions about these currently unregulated products. These links provide information about the public health perspective regarding e-cigarettes and resources to support state agencies in implementing the Governor’s Executive Order prohibiting the use of e-cigarettes and vapor products in state property.
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