MDPH/DESE Updates

10/15/20 MDPH School Health Unit Update

Greetings from the School Health Unit! It was so wonderful to see so many of you at the CSHS state meeting last week!  I hope you found it as helpful as I did to hear about self and collective care from our very talented colleagues from the BRYT program.  We had about 90 participants in the live course and the recorded version should be ready very soon.  Once we collect data from both versions on preferred meeting times, we will set the times for the remaining meetings and communicate those to you.  Regional Nurse Leader meetings are starting up again this week and next, so don’t forget to register!  Additionally, we are holding a CSHS grant orientation meeting on October 15th with a repeat session on October 29th; please join us if you are a new nurse leader in a grant funded district or even if you are experienced nurse leader who just wants to brush up on grant essentials.  Lastly, More

Community Impact Survey from MA-DPH

Dear School Health Colleagues,  The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MA-DPH) is trying to hear from communities so that it can better help people through the COVID-19 crisis. By taking this survey, you can help find new solutions to community problems, and give MA-DPH the information they need to take action and support the communities that need it most. MA-DPH is committed to sharing information back in ways that will help us all take collective action I believe this effort will help us better understand the impact of COVID-19 on our communities and would encourage anyone who is 14 years old or older to participate using this link that will take you to the survey in 7 languages: http://www.mass.gov/COVIDsurvey. Please share this link to the survey with the organizations and stakeholders you work with and take the survey yourself. BACKGROUND:              What is CCIS? The COVID-19 Community Impact Survey (CCIS) is an online survey aimed at collecting data to better understand and identify... More

“Certificate of Immunization” Definition

We wanted to be sure you were aware that many of the Flu Materials have been updated for the 2020-2021 season. Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) has updated their Model Standing Orders, Screening Forms, Flu Products Chart, and have VISs available in many different languages.  MDPH has updated sample influenza vaccine consent and screening forms that can be used for school immunization clinics. We have also included a link to MDPH’s Important Resources for Fall Vaccination Clinics document, which links to many important CDC resources and provides a framework for vaccinating during this COVID pandemic. IAC Model Standing Orders (IAC): Administering Influenza Vaccine to Adults: https://immunize.org/catg.d/p3074.pdf Administering Influenza Vaccine to Children and Teens: https://immunize.org/catg.d/p3074a.pdf Medical Management of Vaccine Reactions in Adults in a Community Setting:  https://immunize.org/catg.d/p3082.pdf Medical Management of Vaccine Reactions in Children and Teens in a Community Setting: https://immunize.org/catg.d/p3082a.pdf Screening Forms (IAC): Screening Checklist for Contraindications to Inactivated Injectable Influenza Vaccination: https://immunize.org/catg.d/p4066.pdf Screening Checklist for Contraindications to Live Attenuated Intranasal Influenza Vaccination: https://immunize.org/catg.d/p4067.pdf Flu Products Chart (IAC): Influenza Vaccine Products for the 2020–2021 Influenza Season: https://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4072.pdf VISs: (latest version is 2019) ... More

How to Complete an Immunization Survey Through MIIS

Please see the forwarded email from Karen Robitalle regarding important upcoming dates and meeting registration information.  There is also a school immunization survey infographic, How to Complete an Immunization Survey Through the Massachusetts Immunization Information System (MIIS), from the MDPH Immunization Division attached to this email update.

Guidance for School Staff: Applying EPA- Approved Mosquito Repellent to Prevent EEE

Greetings (again) from the School Health Unit!   Reducing Risk of Mosquito-borne Illness While Outdoors Guidance for School Staff: Applying EPA- Approved Mosquito Repellent to Prevent EEE MosqHandoutKids_EN-SP1 Mosquito Bite Prevention OnePager - Caregivers - SPA Mosquito Bite Prevention OnePager - Caregivers Mosquito Bite Prevention Poster - Kids - SPA Mosquito Bite Prevention Poster - Kids Massachusetts is in the second year of an EEE outbreak cycle, and there is a risk that people may be infected. However, children can continue to spend time outdoors for recess and other activities during the day with the use of repellent—as well as wearing long-sleeves, long pants, and socks when possible. Outdoor activities should be avoided between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active. EEE (Eastern equine encephalitis) is a rare but serious disease that is generally spread to people through the bite of an infected mosquito. EEE can cause severe illness and possibly lead to death in any age group; however, people under age 15 are at particular risk. To... More

MA Travel Order Effective August 1st, 2020

Dear School Nurse Colleagues, Here are school reopening updates posted this morning on the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/index.html Also, here is the link to the new COVID-19 Travel Order announced by Governor Baker during today's press conference that goes into effect on August 1, 2020, https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-travel-order.