A very big welcome to all new parents!
Hopefully your daughter will not succumb to illness so our paths may not cross, but please remind your daughter that if she is unwell to come and see me.
I work in the Health Centre from Monday to Friday, 8.00am to 2.30pm. If your daughter is unwell and a boarder she will be sent home to recover if at all possible, distance being the main factor for consideration. During the school day there are beds in the Health Centre where she will rest and recuperate if not able to return home.
Last year we farewelled Doctor Dixon and this year we welcome Doctor Karen Irwin. Doctor Karen has extensive experience in adolescent health and is also a mother of two children. As she will be writing a little about herself in the next Inhouse article I won’t say any more other than she is a fantastic doctor – and we are very excited to welcome her as part of our Health Centre team.
You may have completed and signed a consent form for your daughter to have the 2015 influenza vaccine. As the flu season peaks in July we have decided we can safely run our clinics in late April – at the beginning of Term 2. Doctor Karen and I will run two afternoon clinics for the students. In the past this has been divided into juniors and seniors in year groups but in line with our new vertical form classes the year groups will be mixed up and in this way the older students can support and encourage the younger students.
If you have not sent in your daughter’s flu vaccine consent form, please do so as soon as possible. If you do not wish your daughter to have this vaccine, there is no need to send in the form. Only those students with a completed consent form, signed by a parent, will be vaccinated. If your daughter is over 16 she may sign her own consent form.
If your daughter has a fear of vaccines and/or you anticipate any problems, we prefer that you accompany her and have it done with your local family doctor or practice nurse. Please ring me if you have any questions/concerns regarding the vaccine.
Gardasil: The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine (the cervical cancer vaccine)
This vaccine is being offered to Year 8 students by Public Health. The vaccine is given by three injections into the upper arm over six months. Consent forms will be sent home via students to parents of Year 8 students before our exeat weekend in March. When I give out the forms I will give the girls an information session about the vaccine. The forms are required by the Ministry of Health to be completed and returned whether you consent or not – just fill out the appropriate field and sign.
The vaccinations are scheduled for 23 April, 18 June and 22 October.
The HPV vaccine is available free at GPs and Practice Nurses for girls and young women aged 12–20 years. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.
18 June is scheduled for the 11 year old vaccination for Diptheria, Tetanus and Whooping Cough. Consent forms will be sent to Year 7 parents in Term 2.
Parents please don’t hesitate to contact me if your daughter has health concerns you would like to discuss.