Health & Wellness
The primary purpose of Health Services is to encourage positive health practices among all students at the Academy. Each student is responsible for their own health practices and may wish to consider the following in making choices about their lifestyle:
In addition, Health Services encourages communication between students and parents and works to facilitate better understanding so that the needs and goals of both parties may be satisfied.
Please read: Letter to parents from Director of Health Services
- Medical Authorization Form
- Physical Exam & Immunization Form
- Health History Form (for new students only)
- Proof of Student Accident & Sickness Insurance Plan
- Permission for Prescribed Medication
Note: All forms should be returned to email@example.com
- Letter to parents from Director of Health Services
- Health Services Handbook for 2020-2021 - will be posted soon
- United Healthcare Student Resource health insurance information for International Students - Summary
- United Healthcare Student Resource health insurance information for International Students - Certificate
- New Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine (MenACWY) Requirement for School Entry
School immunization requirements exist to protect students and members of the community from serious vaccine-preventable diseases by ensuring high vaccine rates.
WMA follows the Massachusetts Department of Public Health guidelines. Students must be up to date with required immunizations in order to attend school. A medical or religious exemption is acceptable if we receive documentation from a parent and primary care physician at the start of the academic year.
There has been one change in vaccine requirements for the 2020-2021 academic year. Please see the New Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine Requirement for School Entry information listed below.
*All students entering Grades 7 and 11 will need meningococcal conjugate vaccine, MenACWY (brand names Menactra and Menveo) for school entry.
- Grade 7 entry: one dose of MenACWY for all students
- Grade 11 entry: one booster dose of MenACWY received on or after 16 years of age (one or more doses of MenACWY are acceptable as long as one dose was received on or after 16 years of age).
REQUIRED IMMUNIZATIONS FOR SCHOOL ENTRY
(To have one of the Vaccine Information Statements translated to another language, please us this site https://www.immunize.org/
MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) - VIS form
- Two doses required, first dose given after first birthday
- Minimum of four weeks between doses
- Blood work showing positive titres is acceptable
DPT, DTaP, Td (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) - VIS form
- Five doses mandatory for school entry
- Boosters every 10 years.
Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) - VIS form
- One dose required before entering grade 7
POLIO (IPV, OPV) - VIS form
- Four doses mandatory for school entry.
- If four doses are given before age 4, then a fifth dose is required.
- Child is required to have a polio vaccine after age 4.
VARICELLA (chicken pox) - VIS form
- Two doses varicella OR positive titer OR history of disease.
- Minimum of four weeks between doses if age 13 or older
HEPATITIS B - VIS form
- Three doses OR positive titer
- Minimum four weeks between Doses 1 and 2
- Minimum three months between Doses 2 and 3
MenACWY (Menactra or Menveo) - VIS form
- Grade 7 entry: One dose of MenACWY for all students
- Grade 11 entry: One booster dose of MenACWY received on or after age 16 (one or more doses of MenACWY are acceptable as long as one dose was received on or after age 16).
Recommended Vaccines (may be administered at WMA if requested):
Dear Parents and Guardians,
The Health Services Office receives a limited number of influenza vaccines every year through the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. If you would like your child to receive the inactive influenza vaccine, please read the V.I.S. (Vaccine Information Statement), complete the screening and consent form and send back to me via email or fax. There is no charge for this vaccine.
I believe this year it is as important as ever to receive a flu vaccine. It is likely that the flu viruses and COVID-19 will continue to spread through the fall and winter months. For more information regarding Influenza during the 2020-2021 season please check: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/
An email reminder will be sent shortly before we receive the shipment of vaccine.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Director of Health Services