WHANGAPARAOA COLLEGE New Zealand

Health

Daily from 8.15am to 3.15pm learners can visit our School Nurse during their break times only (unless urgent). The Nurses office is situated in the main Admin block.

The school nurses are:

Alexis Purvis  - Alexis is on-site Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Kathy Ellery - Kathy is on-site Wednesdays
 

During Covid 19 level 1 - can you please keep learners home who are unwell and have any cold or flu symptoms such as cough, nasal symptoms, sore throat or fever.


Upcoming Immunisations

Yr 8 – HPV 1 20/05/2021, HPV 2 15/11/2021

Yr 7 Boostrix 19/08/2021

As part of the national immunisation schedule all year 8’s will be offered the opportunity to be immunised against the HPV virus at school.

Information and a consent form has been sent home with your child. Learners have been shown an information video in class

All year 7 learners will be offered the opportunity to receive boostrix ( tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough).

Yr 7 learners have also been shown a video in class and consent forms have been sent home.

Please complete the form and return it to your childs Kaiarahi ( form teacher).

It is important that the form is completed whether or not you consent or non consent. If they have already received the immunisation, or you wish to take them to your family practice for the free immunisations, please complete part B, the non consent part of the form. This helps with the administration process of the programme.

Copies of the form and information about the vaccinations can be found at www.healthed.govt.nz


Year 7 and catchup Year 8 FREE VISION TEST will take place at school on Tuesday 3 August. If you do not want your child to be tested please email [email protected]. If your child already wears glasses or contact lenses they do not need to be tested but they will need to attend so that can be recorded. You do not need to notify the nurse of that.




Dental Services

Please click here to download the enrolment form for the Lumino School Smiles Programme for Year 9-13 learners. This form will need to be completed and either sent directly to Lumino The Dentists, PO Box 106514, Auckland 1143 or drop it off at the school nurse.
To make an appointment please call 0272228521.

The Auckland regional dental service provides free dental care to Year 7 and 8 learners, however due to COVID disruptions they have not confirmed their arrival date, or even if they will be able to attend the college this year.

 
Measles
School Immunisation Programme

Information about vaccinations to help you make an informed decision

Vaccinations contain an antigen that is injected to stimulate the immune system to have a response to fight the antigen, and in doing causes the immune system to make memory cells, that get stored away in our bone marrow. When your body comes in contact with the antigen again, your body will recognise the antigen and send memory cells which can quickly act to defend your body so you don’t get sick with the antigen you have come in contact with (i.e whooping cough, tetanus, influenza or whatever else you have been vaccinated against).

Not a single drop of the vaccination is left in your body. Once your own immune system has had time to recognise and start fighting the antigen, the vaccination gets metabolised and excreted in your urine
You can never have too many vaccinations or overdose on vaccinations, as your bone marrow has plenty of room to store tiny memory cells which lay dormant until they come into contact with the illness they recognise. There is a cost to each vaccination so that is why we only give the vaccination as per the schedule. Having a vaccination more than once will do no harm to your body.

Age 12 is considered the optimal age to receive the HPV vaccine because research has shown this is the time the uptake is best and people make the best memory cells.

In Australia there has been a significant decline and near eradication of genital warts as a result of the HPV vaccine. This is very important as genital warts (herpes) can lead to cervical and throat cancers. Hence as the prevalence of Herpes declines, so do cancers such as cervical cancer and throat cancer.

Some people are concerned about what vaccines contain especially aluminium and formaldehyde. Vaccines contain as much aluminium as a litre of water (which we would all easily consume daily with nil ill effects). Formaldehyde is naturally occurring in our bodies as a by-product of metabolism. It is also present in mascara, paper towels, carpet and baby shampoo. The amount present in vaccines is of no concern to our health.

Some people can not be immunised because they are too young (newborns) or are immunocompromised. This group of people are very vulnerable to infection as their immune systems are already weak. Their best protection is for the people who surround them to be immunised.

If you have any questions or concerns about immunisation please do not hesitate to speak to the school nurse or free phone 0800466863.

Please click here for information on the School Immunisation Programme.

 

For details about the Family/Whanau Support and Education Group please click here

For details on the Triple P Positive Parenting Program please click here




 
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