What is Coronavirus?
While there have been no confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Mississippi to date, we want to take this opportunity to provide you information about the Coronavirus. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause respiratory symptoms such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath. These viruses spread through coughing or sneezing, much like the flu. There is currently no vaccine for the COVID-19.
It’s important to convey that risk is based on exposure. People at higher risk for exposure are:
- People who have traveled to China within the last two weeks and have symptoms.
- People who had direct close contact with someone who was confirmed to have the Coronavirus.
Hand Washing Recommendation
Experts say it takes about 20 seconds for the most effective hand washing, which is about one round of the "ABCs song".
Immunization against childhood diseases help to protect the long-term health of our students, fellow classmates, and our communities. To keep students healthy in school and foster an environment less prone to disease outbreak, it is important to make sure that students are up-to-date on all required immunizations. Prior to enrollment in any public or private daycare, preschool, kindergarten, elementary, high school or college in Mississippi, state law requires that students obtain specific immunizations against childhood diseases at the appropriate age and intervals according to the Advisory Committee on Immunizations Practices (ACIP) recommendations. The Mississippi State Department of Health provides all necessary immunizations at low cost, and immunizations are free if you qualify for the Vaccines for Children program.
Please visit the links below to obtain more information about Mississippi Immunization Requirements.
Mississippi School Immunization Requirements:
Influenza (“flu”) is a disease that spreads around the United States each year. Every year, thousands of people in the United States die from this contagious disease. In efforts to combat influenza, yearly flu vaccines are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control for everyone six months of age and older. Some children 6 months of age through 8 years of age may need two doses of the vaccine during the same flu season. Flu vaccination can prevent you from getting the flu, reduce the severity of flu illness if you do get it, and prevent flu-related hospitalizations and death. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for protection against the flu to take effect.
Please visit the link below to view information about influenza provided by the Mississippi State Department of Health:
The following Influenza Fact Sheet has been provided by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases and can be accessed by selecting the following link: http://www.preventchildhoodinfluenza.org/flu-facts?css=print#sthash.2kwLxpsq.dpuf
Miss. Code Ann. § 37-11-61 (2017) requires local school districts and agricultural high schools to provide parents and guardians with information about meningococcal disease and the effectiveness of vaccination against meningococcal disease. The Centers for Disease Control defines meningitis as an inflammation (swelling) of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. Meningitis can be caused by a viral, fungal, or bacterial infection. Common symptoms of the disease include headache, fever, and stiff neck. Meningitis is serious and can be fatal, but vaccinations can provide protection against certain types of the condition. Please access the links below to obtain more information about meningococcal disease.
Voices of Meningitis
Voices of Meningitis Brochure for Parents
Voices of Meningitis Fact Sheet
Voices of Meningitis Poster: Booster Dose for Teens and Preteens