Vaccine Clinics Help Ready Students for College

Vaccine Clinics Help Ready Students for College
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November 5, 2015 -- Several Amarillo ISD high schools are removing barriers and adding one more layer to the resources available to help students prepare for college by offering on-campus bacterial meningitis vaccine clinics this fall and spring.

The clinics are planned for November 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Tascosa High School, December 4 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Caprock High School, and February 9 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Palo Duro High School. “Bottom line, the meningitis vaccine is a requirement for anyone planning on going to college,” said Sandra Gonzalez, ACE scholarship coordinator at Palo Duro High School.

Clinics are organized through a partnership with the Texas Department of Public Health, campus nursing staff and the ACE Scholarship Program. The ACE, Achievement through Commitment to Education, program pays tuition, fees and books at Amarillo College or West Texas A&M University for qualifying students.  ACE staff also works closely with students throughout their high school years to ensure students are truly prepared for college on every level.

“We believe in removing barriers that might exist. Our students are more likely to take five minutes to stop by the nurse’s office at school than they are to drive to the clinic on their own. The clinics help students take care of this important step toward their goals and dreams of continuing their education,” Gonzalez said.

This is Palo Duro’s second year to host the vaccine clinic for seniors. At the school’s fall clinic on October 14, 74 seniors were vaccinated. Gonzalez said clinic coordinators are pleased with the response. “During only a half school day, we are able to vaccinate almost 20 percent of our senior class. It has been well worth it.”  

According to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, state law has required the bacterial meningitis vaccine for all in-coming college students since 2012. The vaccine must be given during the five-year period preceding and at least 10 days prior to the first day of a student’s first semester. Students must show evidence of the vaccine when enrolling in college. Bacterial Meningitis is a serious and potentially deadly inflammation of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord. The Centers for Disease Control warns bacterial meningitis spreads quickly among large gatherings of people, making college campuses prime breeding grounds for the disease. About 3,000 Americans each year contract the disease, some 100 of them on college campuses. While bacterial meningitis is treatable and most people recover, it can cause serious complications, such as brain damage, hearing loss or learning disabilities.

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