As of July
2005, schools in Washington are required to make information available on
Meningococcal diseases and reducing your student’s risk of contracting HPV to parents or guardians of all students
entering Grades 6-12.
Meningococcal Disease and Prevention
Meningococcal disease is a serious bacterial
infection. Fortunately, this
life-threatening illness is rare, with only 20-50 cases reported each year in
Washington. Symptoms of the disease may include fever, cough, rash, and
headaches. It can cause meningitis
(swelling of the covering of the brain and spinal cord). The disease spreads
through close contact with an infected person.
Teen and young adults are more likely to get meningococcal disease,
especially if they live in group setting like college dorms.
How to protect your child from meningococcal disease:
The meningococcal vaccine, or MCV4, prevents
against four types of the disease. It is
recommended to all children between 11 and 12 years of age, and again at 16 to
18 years of age. This meningococcal vaccine is not required for school
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and Prevention
is a common virus. Most people exposed
to HPV will never develop health issues.
But for others, HPV causes major health problems including cervical,
anal, vulvar, mouth and throat cancer.
Most infected people have no symptoms and may spread the virus without
knowing it. HPV spreads mainly through
How to protect your child from HPV:
sure your child gets the HPV vaccine.
The vaccine is highly effective. The
best time to get it is before sexual activity ever starts. The HPV vaccine can prevent infection from
some of the most common and serious types of HPV that cause cancer and genital
warts. The vaccine does not get rid of
existing infections. Three doses of HPV
vaccine are recommended for all boys and girls starting at ages 11 to 12. It is recommended for females up to age 26
and men up to age 21. The HPV vaccine is not required for school attendance
to find Meningococcal and HPV vaccine:
your doctor or nurse, or call Kitsap Public Health District, 360-337-5235
more information on meningococcal disease, HPV, vaccines, and cervical cancer:
· Washington State Department of Health
· Centers for Disease Control &
· Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Vaccine Education Center
· American Cancer Society