Insights: the Magnus Health Blog

Immunization Changes Making Waves Across the Country

Posted by Christina Trimis on Nov 14, 2016 10:00:00 AM

“Today in the United States, people rarely die from vaccine-preventable diseases. A way of achieving this was to have compulsory immunization requirements for school attendance” (Hedden et al., 2014).

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Topics: SMR Health Trends Regulations & Legislation Compliance Immunizations Technology School Nurses Work Smarter, Not Harder

Tips for meeting immunization requirements

Posted by Amy Weaver on Feb 17, 2015 9:17:00 AM

With all of the recent news attention that vaccines have been getting, it would be remiss not to discuss the challenges around meeting immunization requirements in a school setting. With mandates that vary from one state to the next, schools constantly struggle to collect all of the necessary documentation for each of their students. Schools are required to show proof that their students are either up-to-date on immunizations or have a documented medical or religious exemption. Some states will also accept a personal belief or philosophical exemption.child_vaccine_immunization

But let’s save the debate on whether or not to immunize for another time, and instead talk about ways to meet your state’s requirements. Achieving compliance is no small task. It may involve sending reminder letters in the mail, making numerous phone calls, and pulling kids out of class until all of their requirements are met.

Here are a few tips to help get the job done:

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Topics: Compliance Immunizations

The proof is here: Reminders work!

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Dec 10, 2013 7:47:00 AM

The American Journal of Public Health recently published the results of a collaborative study between the University of Michigan and the Michigan Department of Community Health. Under investigation was the responsiveness of parents having their child(ren) immunized for H1N1 when sent a reminder, verses without a reminder. Researchers targeted those parents of high risk children due to other chronic health conditions like asthma or diabetes.Communication

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Topics: SMR Immunizations Technology School Nurses Admissions

Update: Texas bacterial meningitis legislation

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Jul 17, 2013 8:47:00 AM

I admit, we have a habit of writing about Texas bacterial meningitis legislation and meningitis form updates. We even wrote an action plan about it. And there's nothing stopping me from doing it again. TX bacterial meningitis legislation is changing, so let’s make sure we have all the facts in order. S.B. 62, which takes effect October 1, 2013, Immunizationsimpacts entering students enrolling in public or private or independent institutions of higher education in Texas on or after January 1, 2014.

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Topics: Regulations & Legislation Compliance Immunizations

Coming soon to SMR! Student Immunization tracking

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Apr 10, 2013 8:59:00 AM

Student Immunization tracking is now live. Find out how it benefits your school.

Learn about immunization tracking

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Topics: SMR Compliance Immunizations

Tennessee aims to eliminate bacterial meningitis in higher education

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Mar 19, 2013 8:26:00 AM

September 10, 2012, Middle Tennessee State University freshman, Jacob Nunley, died at age 18 of bacterial meningitis. A meningococcal vaccination was not required, so Nunley did not receive it. As a result, his death is spurring a new legislative movement in Tennessee.Bacterial Meningitis

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Topics: Health Trends Regulations & Legislation Compliance Immunizations

Health records & survey show increase in vaccinations

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Nov 27, 2012 8:00:00 AM

The numbers are back and the verdict is in: 2011 showed an increase in vaccinations among adolescents over 2010 (CDC National & State Vaccination Coverage). Statistics were collected using phone surveys to households with adolescents, ages 13-17, and by contacting health care providers when appropriate.

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Topics: Immunizations

National Immunization Awareness Month

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Aug 7, 2012 7:00:00 AM

August has arrived, which means school will soon be underway again. With the tax-free weekend just behind us, no doubt many parents and students are already in the midst of school preparations. In the rush to buy pencils and paper, and the ever-coveted Justin Bieber notebook, don’t forget the importance of immunizations.

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Topics: SMR Immunizations