Immunization rules to change

EDUCATION NOTES

December 03, 2006

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has announced a change in the immunization requirements for students, effective for the 2006-2007 school year.

The new regulations require all students in grades Pre-K through nine to have, in addition to previously required vaccines, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine (proof of the disease is acceptable in lieu of the vaccine), and three doses of the Hepatitis B vaccine.

Registered nurses in the public schools have been given authority by the Carroll County Health Department to take a documented history of typical chickenpox disease.

Parents must present proof of these vaccinations.

Students who are 13 or older, who have not previously received varicella vaccine or have not had chickenpox, must have two doses to comply with the regulations.

All pre-school pupils are only required to have Prevnar (1 or 2 doses) to attend school. Prevnar protects against the seven more common strains of pneumococcus that cause infections and meningitis.

For details on immunization requirements, visit www.edcp.org/html/schoolrequire.html, and click on Vaccine Requirements 2006-2007 School Year.

Immunizations may be obtained from the student's physician, or at the Carroll County Health Department (410-876- 4938 or 410-857-5000).

The county Health Department will hold a walk-in clinic for the Hepatitis B and Varicella vaccines from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 11.

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene requires public school systems to exclude students who are not in compliance with these regulations as of Jan. 1. Any student who does not have the required immunizations cannot return to school after the winter break Jan. 2.

Information: 410-751-3020.

Dress a teddy bear for a good cause

Carroll Community College and the National Honor Society Phi Theta Kappa, in partnership with the Salvation Army of Westminster, will hold a community "Dress-A-Bear" outreach from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday in the college's Great Hall, 1601 Washington Road, Westminster.

The community is welcome to attend and purchase an outfit and dress a bear for charity. Various outfits will be available. The Salvation Army of Westminster donated the bears.

The bears will be delivered to "New Life for Girls" in Westminster and distributed to children for the holiday season.

Information: Judy Samuels at jsamuels@carrollcc.edu, or 410-386-8153.

Couple honored for philanthropy

McDaniel College trustee Martin K.P. Hill and his wife, Kelly W. Hill, recently were honored as the 2006 Outstanding Philanthropists of the Year by the Maryland Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals.

The couple serve as major benefactors to many organizations, including McDaniel College, Carroll Community College, YMCA of Central Maryland, Carroll Hospital Center, and the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland.

At McDaniel, Martin Hill was appointed chair of the college's comprehensive Defining Moment campaign, which raised more than $41 million. He currently serves as vice chair of the college board of trustees.

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