There are vaccines available that are highly recommended for our high school population. All of these can be obtained at either your student’s physician’s office or at the Nevada County Health Department’s mobile immunization van.
During past years we have had outbreaks of pertussis (whooping cough) at NU. Pertussis is highly contagious and can be life-threatening to infants. The pertussis vaccine that is received in childhood loses its potency by age 12 and thus a new booster vaccine (Tdap) has been developed. It is particularly important for the student who has contact with infants or the elderly to receive this booster. This vaccine will be required for school attendance by Fall 2011 and we are asking parents to submit proof of vaccination by May 1, 2011.
A vaccine for meningococcal infections is also available. These infections are extremely serious and can rapidly progress to meningitis, pneumonia, and death. This immunization is especially recommended if your student will be leaving for college and living in a dormitory.
A vaccine for Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is now available for both males and females. Certain strains of HPV are the causes of cervical cancer in girls. HPV can cause genital warts in boys and can be easily transmitted to others. HPV often has no symptoms and can go undetected, which makes it particularly dangerous.
Please check with your private physician concerning these vaccines.