It's not too late: Vaccinate!

Dec. 4, 2020.  To help minimize significant respiratory illness this winter, it's important to get our 'Flu shot.  Annual Influenza vaccines have been shown to prevent or greatly decrease symptoms, limit the spread of the 'flu viruses, and reduce the need for hospitalization for those at risk.  As a reminder, all students in Massachusetts are required to be vaccinated against influenza by Dec. 31, 2020 with DPH requirements listed here.  We also strongly encourage all families to have all members of their household vaccinated to help prevent the spread of the 'flu at home. 

Here's a CDC FAQ with additional information about this year's Influenza Vaccines.

PS:  Special thanks to the families who have submitted their students' physical exam and immunization reports for this school year.  If you haven't done so, please ask your child's Health Care Provider to fax them to our attention. Students in grade 7 are required to have a TDap vaccine and the first Meningoccal vaccine; students in grade 11 need to complete the Meningoccal series.  Written exemptions, if not already submitted for this school year, need to be received by no later than Dec. 15.

Updated immunization paperwork may be faxed or emailed to:

SA: Nurse Martha Elliott.  (f) (413) 247-0201. 

   *(Gr 7 parents/guardians are invited to use the new Parent Portal to review and upload your student's health records during the pilot phase of this new program. Gr. 7 parents who have not received an invitation to access the portal are asked to please email SA Nurse Martha Elliott).

HES/HPS Nurse Manager: Jean Hobbie.  (f) (413) 247-0482.

Thank you and stay healthy!