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Welcome Back to School! Important Reminders!

As school begins, there are some things to keep in mind in regards to registration and your student's health.

Registration

Your student must be up to date on all immunizations to be able to register for school. When registering, bring your student's complete vaccination record. The nurse will review the vaccination record, and determine if any vaccinations are missing. 

Back to School Health Fair

We will be having a health fair before school starts, where you can receive FREE IMMUNIZATIONS. You can also receive free school supplies and adult health screenings!

Saturday, August 19, 2017
8am  - 12pm - arrive early!
Spring Branch Family Development Center
8575 Pitner,  Houston, TX 77080
713-996-8781

Medications at School

Students are not allowed to carry any medications at school. Parents MUST bring all medications to the clinic, with a form signed by the parent and/or the doctor. Prescription medication forms must have a doctor's signature. Over the counter medications only need a parent's signature. Students with food allergies must have a food allergy packet and diet modification form completed and signed by their doctor.  Students with Diabetes or Seizure Disorders must have a corresponding packet completed and signed by their doctor.

Prescription Medication Form

Non-Prescription Medication Form

Permission to Carry Asthma Inhaler Form

Food Allergy Packet (includes Permission to Carry Epi-Pen)

Diet Modification Form

Diabetes Management Plan

Seizure Action Plan

Free Vaccines

Free vaccines are available through the Houston Care Van Program.  A parent must accompany the student. Vaccines are available free for newborns through 18 years of age. Please bring most complete immunization or shot records with you. Go to the following locations for  September, 2017

September 12  4:00-6:30 pm Spring Woods High School, 2045 Gessner Road

September 27  4:00-6:30 pm Memorial Assistance Ministries (MAM) 1625 Blalock


Low Cost Vaccines

Low cost vaccines are available at the following locations:

Blalock Medical Center: 1304 Blalock, Houston, TX 713-461-4171.  M-F 9 am- 6 pm Sat 9 am- 12:30 pm,  $10 ea.

Neighborhood Minor Care Clinic: 2036 Antoine 713-686-5579.  M-F 8 am- 6 pm, Sat 8 am- 12 pm.  $15 ea 18 years old and younger.  Meningitis vaccine 19 years or older $80.

Doctors Clinic Houston/Viviane Nguyen, NP-C: 14770 Memorial Dr Ste 100 Houston, TX 77079.  281-496-7333.  $22.06 ea 18 years old or younger.

Spring Branch Community Health Center: 1615 Hillendahl Blvd, Suite 100, Houston, Texas 77055 Phone: 713.462.6565 Fax: 713.462.6581 Call for information.

Meningitis Vaccine Recommended for Seniors Attending College

Are you a Senior with plans of attending College next fall? You may need to get some shots before you go. Many colleges require a Meningitis shot along with updated Tetanus (Tdap) and Measles. Check with your medical provider. The following information is provided to you so you may decide if you want to get this vaccine. If you have any questions, please call the clinic at 713-251-3125.

Who should get Meningitis vaccine?

 A dose of MCV4 is recommended for children and adolescents 11 through 18 years of age. This dose is normally given during the routine pre-adolescent immunization visit (at 11-12 years). Students in grades 7 through 11 are required to have this vaccine in order to attend school.  Meningococcal vaccine is also recommended for other people at increased risk for meningococcal disease in particular, College freshmen living in dormitories.
 
Where you can get the vaccine
 
MCV4 is available at most doctor offices, public health clinics, and other locations where immunizations are provided. The vaccine is generally free to students under age 18. For more information, contact your family doctor or pediatrician, your school nurse, or your local health department.

 



Clinic Notes

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  • Students must have a pass to come to the clinic.
  • Only family members/people listed on the Emergency Cards may pick up sick children.  Please keep your Emergency Cards updated with the latest phone numbers and addresses.  In case of an emergency, we need to be able to reach a parent or guardian to pick up your child.  If a parent or guardian cannot be reached and your child is sick, an ambulance will be called in order for your child to receive proper medical treatment.  Sick children are not allowed to stay for an extended period of time at school.
  • Spring Branch ISD medication administration policy states that we are not allowed to dispense medication to students unless a signed consent is on file from the student's doctor or parent.  Students are not allowed to have any kind of medication in their possession, even over the counter drugs.  Prescription medication requires signed authorization from a doctor and over the counter medications require a signature from a parent. The forms for prescription and non-prescription medications are located on the link section of this page. Students who are diabetic or have asthma may have special permission to carry their supplies or inhaler.  The form for inhalers is also located on the link section of this page.  Students who have severe allergies are encouraged to bring an Epi Pen to school and may carry it in their backpack if permission is given by their doctor.  Please talk to the nurse if any questions.
  • Students may only call parents to pick them up from school from inside the clinic with permission from the nurse.  If a student calls or texts a parent from their personal cell phone prior to coming to the clinic for examination, the absence will be unexcused.   

  

 

 

 

 

Concussions

There is new legislation in Texas regarding student athletes and concussions. Please consult your athletic trainer or coach for more details! 

A concussion is an injury that changes how the cells in the brain normally work. A concussion is caused by a blow to the head or body that causes the brain to move rapidly inside the skull. Even a "ding", or what seems to be a mild bump or blow to the head can be serious. Concussions can also result from a fall or from players colliding with each other or with obstacles, such as a goalpost.

The potential for concussion is greatest in athletic environments where collisions are common. Concussions can occur, however, in any organized or unorganized sport or recreational activity.

Recognizing a possible Concussion: 

To help recognize a concussion, you should watch for the following two things:

1. A forceful blow to the head or body that results in rapid movement of the head 

2. Any change in the athlete's behavior, thinking or physical functioning.

Signs and Symptoms of concussion

observed:

  • appears dazed or stunned
  • is confused
  • forgets sports plays
  • is unsure of game,score, opponent
  • moves clumsily
  • answers questions slowly
  • loses consciousness (even briefly)
  • shows behavior or personality changes
  • Can't recall events prior to hit or fall
  • can't recall events after hit or fall

Symptoms reported by student:

  • headache or "pressure" in head
  • nausea or vomiting
  • balance problems or dizziness
  • double or blurred vision
  • sensitivity to light or noise
  • feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy or groggy
  • concentration or memory problems
  • confusion
  • does not "feel right"

 What should you do when a concussion is suspected?

  1. Let your parents and coach know right away that you are injured.
  2. Do not try to judge the severity of the injury yourself. Get evaluated by an appropriate health care professional.
  3. Return to play with permission from your health care provider with experience in evaluating for concussion. long term problems can occur if you do not receive appropriate care following a concussion.

Need more information?

www.cdc.gov/injury


 

 

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Mary Block, RN

School Nurse

713-251-3125

Fax: 713-251-3130

mary.block@springbranchisd.com

 

 Linda Odom

Nurse Assistant

713-251-3314 

linda.odom@springbranchisd.com

Vaccine Requirements for 9th,10th  and 11th Grade Students

Students in 9th, 10th and 11th grade now must have two Varicella vaccines and one Menningitis vaccine in order to attend school. Students who are repeating 9th, 10th, or 11th grade or are reclassified as 9th,10th, or 11th grade students also fall under this rule. Many free vaccine locations are available for parents. Download a list of local immunization providers below.

Please call the school clinic (713-251-3125) if you have any questions!

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