2010-05-17 / Front Page

Owen County Health Department & S-O Schools Team Up For Students

by Julie Allen, RN
S-OCS Corporation Nurse

Spencer-Owen Community Schools’ Corporation Nurse Julie Allen and Owen County Health Nurse Dan Varga. (Courtesy Photo) Spencer-Owen Community Schools’ Corporation Nurse Julie Allen and Owen County Health Nurse Dan Varga. (Courtesy Photo) After a long break from giving childhood vaccines, the Owen County Health Department is back in business administering vaccines. Beginning this week, vaccines will be available through the Vaccines for Children fund at the local health department. Hours of operation will vary to accommodate the schedules of students and parents.

The current plan is to be available one day each week until 8:00 p.m. as well as during regular business hours by appointment. Call the health department for more information. Appointments are helpful but not required. The vaccinations are free to those who have no insurance coverage for vaccines.

The health department, located on the first floor of the Owen County Courthouse, and Spencer- Owen Community Schools share a unique relationship in serving the children of Owen County. Both value children, and are honored to serve them in this way. Because Owen is such a rural community, having a local place available to provide vaccinations is much more effective.

Owen County’s Health Officer is Dr. Adam Spaetti. He is a physician who has his practice in Bloomington, Indiana. Dr. Spaetti supports providing services such as vaccinations to our county. Working for him through that department is our new county nurse, Dan Varga. Dan is excited to be in Owen County and looks forward to the vaccine program, as well as other planned projects in the county. Dan can be reached at the Owen County Health Department at: 812-829-5017, or via his e-mail address: dan.varga@ owencounty.in.gov.

Vaccinations are a strong component to healthy children. Because of vaccinations, many life-threatening illnesses such as polio or Hepatitis B can now be prevented. Requirements for vaccinations vary depending upon age. The State of Indiana has recently changed the requirements for school-age children beginning for the 2010-11 year. At that time, all students K-12 will be required to have two chicken pox shots or history of disease, and 11 year olds through seniors will need a Meningococcal shot (MCV4) and a Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap) shot. These changes are in addition to the already required vaccinations.

If you have questions about what shots your child will need for school, please feel free to contact Spencer-Owen Community Schools’ Corporation Nurse Julie Allen, RN at 829-2249 or via e-mail at: jallen@socs.k12. in.us. For those children at the high school level, you may reach the school nurse and assistant corporation nurse Tammy Siscoe, LPN, at 829-2266 or via e-mail at: tsiscoe@socs.k12.in.us. Both Julie and Tammy will be happy to answer any questions you may have pertaining to school vaccine requirements.

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