4/17/2013 9:59:00 AM Five Prescott Valley schools earn county's immunization Hot Shot awards
Barbara Jorgensen, Yavapai County Community Health Services section manager of Family Health and Wellness, left, hands one of three Hot Shot awards to HUSD principals, from left, JoAnne Bindell, Mountain View Elementary; Michael DeRois, Liberty Traditional; and Candice Blakely Stump, Coyote Springs Elementary. These three schools had 95 percent or more immunization coverage of students in kindergarten or sixth grade.
Trib Photo/Sue Tone
The awards are for schools that have 95 percent or better immunization coverage (not only compliance) for each shot category in any of the three grade levels: kindergarten, sixth and tenth grades.
Three Humboldt Unified School District schools received the Hot Shot award, as did Prescott Valley Charter School for reaching 100 percent in its sixth grade class, and 96 percent of kindergartners at Acorn Montessori School.
Barbara Jorgensen, YCCHS section manager of Family Health and Wellness, handed out the awards to HUSD school principals during the Governing Board meeting on April 9.
Coyote Springs Elementary School sixth-graders reached 98 percent coverage.
Liberty Traditional School earned the award for 97 percent coverage in its kindergarten grades.
Mountain View Elementary School had 96 percent of its kindergartners immunized.
YCCHS honored The Orme School with the "Most Improved" School Award for its successful immunization accomplishments.
YCCHS recognized the major efforts Orme undertook to increase the students' immunization rates. The county immunization coordinator worked diligently with Karen Soto, Orme School nurse, to gather shot records from all over the world.
Hours of reviewing records resulted in the identification of 64 students who were behind on their school shots. YCCHS immunization nurses set up two clinic days on campus to get the students up to date. Of the 92 students, 64 received at least one immunization. Many of the students received several shots.
Through this effort, the percentage of students who were fully immunized for their age range improved dramatically.
Parents should know that if they choose not to immunize their children and an outbreak of measles or whooping cough, for example, occurs at their school, all non-immunized children cannot come back to school until the health department gives the okay to return, which may not be for 3-4 weeks.
Oftentimes babysitters and childcare centers won't accept these children, and a parent must stay home with the child for the duration.
For more information, visit www.yavapaihealth.com, www.whyimmunize.com, or call YCCHS at 928-771-3122.