Nurse's Notes

Welcome to Montvale Elementary!!!
My name is Nurse Erin McKenzie.  I will be the full time nurse at Montvale elementary this year.  I have been a nurse for 15 years.  I am excited to meet each student and family.  If you would like to contact me, my clinic hours are 7:30am-3pm.  I am looking forward to a great, healthy year!

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August is National Immunization Month

Vaccinating according to the recommended immunization schedule provides your child with safe and effective protection against preventable diseases.
• Between the time your child is born and when they go off to college, they’ll get vaccines to protect against a number of serious diseases.
• Some children at your child care center may be too young to get certain vaccines, and are therefore vulnerable to diseases.
o By vaccinating your child according to the recommended schedule, you’ll be protecting their classmates as well.
o You will also be helping to protect people in your community who cannot receive vaccines for medical reasons (e.g., people with weakened immune systems, such as some people with cancer and people who have received transplants). Vaccines are recommended for children of all ages.
 • The need for vaccination does not end in childhood. Vaccines are recommended throughout our lives based on age, lifestyle, occupation, travel locations, medical conditions, and previous vaccination history.
• The protection from some childhood vaccines wear off with time, and children are more likely to get certain diseases like meningococcal disease and cancercausing HPV infections as they get older. Staying up to  date on recommended vaccines keeps your child protected against serious diseases.
Vaccines are very safe.
• Vaccines are thoroughly tested before licensing and carefully monitored after they are licensed to ensure that they are very safe. • Vaccines are the safest and most effective way to prevent several diseases. They not only protect vaccinated individuals but also help protect entire communities by preventing and reducing the spread of infectious diseases.
• Currently, the United States has the safest, most effective vaccine supply in its history. The country’s long-standing vaccine safety system ensures that vaccines are as safe as possible. Talk to your child’s doctor or other health care professional to make sure your children get the vaccinations they need when they need them.
• Take advantage of any visit to the doctor – checkups, sick visits, even physicals for sports or college – to ask the doctor about what vaccinations your child needs.
• Families who need help paying for vaccines should ask their health care professional about the Vaccines for Children program, which provides vaccines at no cost to eligible children who do not otherwise have access to immunization.
o The Vaccines for Children (VFC) program provides vaccines for children ages 18 years and younger who are uninsured, Medicaid-eligible, American Indian or Alaska Native. 

Parents of Children of All Ages Your children need vaccines to protect them from several diseases that can be serious, even life-threatening. Find out what vaccines your child needs at every age at: #NIAM17 Vaccine-preventable diseases like measles and whooping cough still exist and outbreaks do occur. Learn how you can protect your children from serious diseases at every age: #NIAM17 

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