Infants younger than 6 months of age have little or no immunity to pertussis, and they account for most pertussis-related hospitalizations and deaths in the U.S. Adult or adolescent contacts are often the source of pertussis for infants. To help protect these vulnerable infants and prevent pertussis in schools, Dakota County Public Health is encouraging Tdap vaccination for all eligible people - especially healthcare workers, parents and prospective parents, immediate and extended family members of infants, babysitters, and childcare providers.
The Dakota County Public Health Department has low-cost vaccines for adults and children who do not have health insurance that covers vaccinations. Call 952-891-7999 to get more information, find out the walk-in clinic schedule, or schedule an appointment. (Pertussis Parent FAQ Sheet)
Keep your child home from school when:
They have experienced vomiting or diarrhea within the last 24 hours;
They have had a fever of 100.0 degrees or more within the last 24 hours;
They have signs of contagious diseases such as strep throat, pink eye, impetigo, ringworm, etc. - children may return to school after they have been on medication for 24 hours;
They are waiting for a strep throat culture to be read;
They have head lice- children may return to school when 1st treatment completed and no live lice are present. Re treat in 10-14 days. See district web site: www.district196.org/headlice , or
They have had chicken pox for 7-10 days or until scabs are dry.
Contact your school nurse if you have other questions or refer to the school handbook for more information.
The mission of the school nurse is to facilitate and strengthen the educational process by improving and protecting the health status of students. School nurses identify and assist the removal or modification of health-related barriers to learning.