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The word "health" is defined by the world health organization as a "state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." A recent look at the school "health" program in Texas has placed the emphasis on four major areas: prevention, intervention, promotion and health teaching.
Prevention serves to validate the very nature of health services. Therefore, school nurses serve as catalysts for promoting health through formal-informal health education, advocates for students and families to access needed community services and to ensure child safety, and supportive partners with families to provide professional care and monitoring of student health. In addition, professional nurses provide health assessment and referral services coupled with skilled intervention to promote optimum health.
The Texas Department of State Health Services requires all students to have one dose of quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MPSV4) after age 11. This is a new requirement beginning this fall 2016. Please see the immunization requirements on the health services page or at this link:
If your child received this vaccine before age 11, please obtain the required vaccine and give an updated record to your school nurse.
FAQs related to the MCV4 vaccine
If someone received meningococcal polysaccharide vaccine (MPSV4) at age 5 years (such as for international travel) and a dose of MenACWY at age 11 or 12 years, will they still need a booster dose of MenACWY vaccine at age 16 years?
Yes. Any meningococcal vaccination given prior to the tenth birthday (either with MenACWY or MPSV4) does NOT count toward routinely recommended doses.
If someone received MPSV4 or MenACWY at age 9 years, will two additional doses of MenACWY be needed?
Yes. Doses of quadrivalent meningococcal vaccine (either MPSV4 or MenACWY) given before 10 years of age do not count as part of the series. If a child received a dose of either MPSV4 or MenACWY before age 10 years, they should receive a dose of MenACWY at 11 or 12 years and a booster dose at age 16 years.