July 5, 2016
Being a Stepmom for the first time has been more than overwhelming to say the least. I have been derailed into a world completely foreign to me Pediatrics. My 7-year-old stepdaughter’s school, Eagle Art Academy Charter School for the Arts, located in Wellington, Florida in Palm Beach County. Last year My Stepdaughter missed approximately 4 months of the school year because she was sick, in turn getting us all in the family sick, over and over again. Her Mom, Dad & grandmother never get the Flu vaccine. My husband and her mom did not give her the flu vaccine, either. The family kept getting sick, with high fevers and chills for over 10 days at a time. When I asked my stepdaughter, if she remembered getting the Flu Vaccine, she quickly answered, “ It always gives me the Flu. Every year I get sick”. I asked her dad, about it, he replied, “ She, has never received the flu vaccine. None of them, had”.
Nurses believe in education. Educating people, to the point where they understand, what you are teaching them. I believe in promoting the flu vaccine, especially within schools or having the children and staff wear a mask, through the entire Flu Season, just like us at the hospital. I know that may seem drastic, but I am really scared that many people have been conditioned to say, “that shot got me sick”. When they may not be aware if anything has changed since the last time, they received that vaccine.
Looking through EAA student/parent Handbook I was alarmed to notice, 2 pages out of 50, pertaining to Health. I understand that health departments have rules in place regarding vaccinations, in order to enter schools. But to only mention “Health” in 2 pages of a handbook, that is sometimes the only resource a parent has, scared me. One small section, stating, “It is the responsibility of the parent(s) or guardians to notify the school of any health condition of their student(s) which may...