Welcome to Fall 2016! The first few weeks of the new “school year” have already passed and I hope that the transition from the lazy days of summer to the hectic days of fall has been an easy one for you and your children.
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Lissa Vitti and I am the Nurse Consultant for your childcare center. I have worked in this field for over 25 years and I continue to enjoy watching your children grow and thrive in their childcare environment. My duties are many, but are generally concerning the health and safety of the children at the centers that I visit. You will undoubtedly receive notices throughout the year regarding the need for updating immunizations, scheduling physical exams, and obtaining the proper forms for medication administration. If you have any questions or concerns about notices that I have sent home please feel free to write a note and leave it with the director or at the front office or contact me by phone. You can also expect occasional letters/notices regarding specific topics as they arise.
The first business at hand is to inform you of the Influenza Vaccine requirement set forth by the State of Connecticut Office of Early Childhood. The OEC is the governing body of day care/preschool in the State of Connecticut. Childcare centers in the State must abide by their licensing regulations. This includes immunization requirements. If your child attends a childcare center in Connecticut, regardless of whether you reside in another state of if your pediatrician is in another state, you must adhere to the State of Connecticut immunization requirements. Therefore, the influenza (FLU) Vaccine is required for all children 6 months to 59 months who attend a childcare facility in Connecticut. This vaccine must be administered between August 1, 2016 and January 1, 2017. It is advisable for your child to receive this vaccine as soon as possible as there is sometimes a shortage of vaccine close to the January 1 deadline. Your child will not be able to attend your childcare center beyond January 1, 2017 without documentation from a medical facility that they have received the Influenza Vaccine. There will be no exceptions in meeting this deadline except for a medical exemption in which your pediatrician must specify the medical reason for the exemption and a religious exemption, which must be signed by the parent and notarized by a notary public.
I thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter. I wish you a happy and healthy school year.