Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content

Katy Independent School District

Health Services



Katy ISD Clinic Aides
2017-2018 Health Services Clinic Aides
Clinic Aides from all Katy ISD Elementary and Secondary Campuses



2017-2018 Immunization Requirements 2017-2018 Immunization Requirements 2017-10-10T17:20:34Z<div class="ExternalClass62C4D58603FB4544A2D27A9C134120BC"><p>​Katy ISD follows the Texas Department of State Health Services recommendation for immunization compliance in order for a student to attend school. The law requires that all students be as up-to-date as medically feasible in order to attend classes. The immunization vaccine requirements for each grade level are listed on the Katy ISD website. Exemptions to the immunization requirements are allowable on an individual basis for medical contraindications, reasons of conscience-including religious belief, and active duty with the armed forces of the United States. For further information visit the <a href="">Texas Department of State Health Services.</a> </p><p> </p><p> <a href="/dept/healthservices/Documents/Immunization%20Requirements/Katy%20ISD%20Vaccine%20Requirements%20-%202017-2018.pdf">Katy ISD Vaccine Requirements - 2017-2018.pdf</a></p><p> <a href="/dept/healthservices/Documents/Immunization%20Requirements/Katy%20ISD%20Vaccine%20Requirements%20-%202017-2018%20-%20Spanish.pdf">Katy ISD Vaccine Requirements - 2017-2018 - Spanish.pdf</a></p><p> <a href="/dept/healthservices/Documents/Immunization%20Requirements/Immunization%20Clinics%202017.pdf">Immunization Clinics 2017.pdf</a></p></div>
First West Nile Case Highlights Precautions for Mosquito-borne DiseasesFirst West Nile Case Highlights Precautions for Mosquito-borne Diseases2017-10-10T17:35:20Z<div class="ExternalClass0C83483E54F9496B930D37C38F8258BA"><p>First West Nile Case Highlights Precautions for Mosquito-borne Diseases</p><p>Everyone Can Help Prevent West Nile and Zika</p><p>Texas’ first West Nile illness of the year has been reported to the Department of State Health Services, an adult woman from Montgomery County who developed the neurologic form of the disease in late April. As mosquito counts climb, the state of Texas is appealing to the public to help with the effort to stop mosquito-borne diseases by preventing mosquito bites and eliminating areas where mosquitoes can reproduce.</p><p>“Diseases like Zika and West Nile remain threats in Texas, and we need everyone to do their part to protect themselves, their families and their communities,” said DSHS Commissioner Dr. John Hellerstedt. “These are simple steps, and if people take them consistently, they will go a long way toward reducing the number of cases of either disease transmitted in Texas.”</p><p>To help stop the spread of Zika and West Nile, people should:</p><ul><li><p>Use EPA-approved insect repellent every time they go outside.</p></li><li><p>Cover exposed skin with long pants and long-sleeved shirts whenever possible.</p></li><li><p>Use air conditioning or window and door screens that are in good repair to keep mosquitoes out.</p></li><li><p>Limit outdoor activities during peak mosquito times.</p></li><li><p>Remove standing water in and around homes, including in trash cans, toys, tires, flower pots and any other containers so mosquitoes can’t lay their eggs.</p></li><li><p>Use a larvicide in water that can’t be drained to keep mosquitoes from developing.<br></p></li></ul><p>In 2016, Texas reported 370 human cases of West Nile illness, including 18 deaths. Most people who get infected don’t get sick, but about 20 percent will experience symptoms like headache, fever, muscle and joint aches, nausea and fatigue. In about one percent of infections, the virus can affect the nervous system, causing neurological symptoms such as disorientation, tremors, convulsions, paralysis, coma and even death.</p><p>On the other hand, the illness Zika causes is usually mild, but the virus can have a profound effect on unborn babies whose mothers are infected during pregnancy. In some cases it can cause severe birth defects like microcephaly, a defect leading to a small head because the brain doesn’t grow sufficiently during pregnancy. Texas has had 334 cases of Zika virus disease since the virus became a concern in the Western Hemisphere in 2015. The vast majority have been contracted abroad, though six cases were transmitted by mosquitoes in Brownsville late last year, and others spread through sexual contact or from mother to child.</p><p>DSHS recommends pregnant women avoid traveling to locations with sustained, local Zika transmission, including all areas of Mexico. Because Zika can also spread through sexual contact, pregnant women and their sexual partners who have traveled to those areas should use condoms or avoid sexual contact during the course of the pregnancy.</p><p>With transmission occurring in Mexico, the border region remains the most likely area in Texas for Zika to spread, though much of the state is at risk due to the distribution of the mosquitoes that transmit the virus. DSHS continues to be on guard for Zika by recommending expanded testing that aims to identify cases transmitted within Texas so state and local governments can respond quickly to stop the spread. The state public health lab in Austin continues providing testing to find the virus in people and is now testing all mosquitoes capable of transmitting Zika that are submitted as part of routine mosquito surveillance. DSHS also has recently issued <a href="" target="_blank">mosquito control guidance for local governments </a>on how best to use the tools at their disposal to fight Zika by reducing mosquito populations.</p><p>DSHS is currently working to train at least 500 community health workers along the border to educate the public and pregnant women about Zika and help them get the appropriate testing. DSHS is also planning to support teams of community health workers and case managers inside local health departments who will work directly with pregnant women who may have been exposed to Zika to help them access specialized prenatal care and help affected newborns get the care they need.</p><p>Starting May 1, Texas began providing this year’s statewide Medicaid benefit for mosquito repellent to prevent Zika virus transmission. The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is offering the repellent to more Medicaid clients to ensure additional Texans are protected from the virus. For the first time in Texas, some boys and men will be eligible to receive the benefit, as well as women ages 45 to 55.</p><p>DSHS Zika testing recommendations, insect repellent information and more <a href="">is available at</a>. Texas recommends testing pregnant women who have traveled to areas with ongoing Zika transmission and anyone statewide with at least three of the four most common Zika symptoms: rash, fever, joint pain and conjunctivitis (eye redness). Additionally, DSHS recommends all pregnant women living Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr, Webb, Willacy and Zapata counties be tested along with anyone in those counties who has a rash plus one other Zika symptom.</p><p>Health care providers can subscribe at the <a href="" target="_blank">Health Care Professionals page of</a> to stay up to date with DSHS recommendations. There is more information about <a href="" target="_blank">West Nile virus at the Texas Department of StateHealth Services</a>.. </p><p> <br>(News Media Contact: Chris Van Deusen, DSHS Director of Media Relations, 512-776-7119)</p></div>
Winter 2017 Public Health InformerWinter 2017 Public Health Informer2017-05-02T17:56:29Z<div class="ExternalClassE6BCE31A545D467588E51D52FCF31610"><p>​<a href="/dept/healthservices/Documents/Winter%202017%20Public%20Health%20Informer.pdf">Winter 2017 Public Health Informer.pdf</a></p></div>
Fall 2016 Public Health InformerFall 2016 Public Health Informer2016-11-28T21:47:07Z<div class="ExternalClassCD71F7CC37F0435EBCA71FAE4B45E2D8"><p><a href="/dept/healthservices/Documents/Fall%202016%20Public%20Health%20Informer.pdf">Fall 2016 Public Health Informer</a></p></div>
2016-2017 Immunization Requirements2016-2017 Immunization Requirements2016-08-01T13:09:23Z<div class="ExternalClassCBD45525731B410F807030B94AD28FCB"><p>​</p><h1 style="background-color:#ffffff;">​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Immunization Requirements</h1><p style="color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;">​Katy ISD follows the Texas Department of State Health Services recommendation for immunization compliance in order for a student to attend school. The law requires that all students be as up-to-date as medically feasible in order to attend classes. The immunization vaccine requirements for each grade level are listed on the Katy ISD website. <strong>Exemptions</strong> to the immunization requirements are allowable on an individual basis for medical contraindications, reasons of conscience-including religious belief, and active duty with the armed forces of the United States. For further information visit the <a href="">Texas Department of State Health Services.</a> </p><p style="color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;"><a href="/dept/healthservices/Documents/Immunization%20Requirements/Immunization%20Clinics%202016.pdf">Immunization Clinics 2016.pdf</a><br></p><p style="color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;"><a href="/dept/healthservices/Documents/Immunization%20Requirements/Vaccine%20Requirements%20-%202016-2017.pdf">Vaccine Requirements - 2016-2017.pdf</a><br></p><p style="color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;"><a href="/dept/healthservices/Documents/Immunization%20Requirements/Vaccine%20Requirements%20-%202016-2017%20-%20Spanish.pdf">Vaccine Requirements - 2016-2017 - Spanish.pdf</a><br></p></div>
DSHS News Release: DSHA Offers PAM PrecautionsDSHS News Release: DSHA Offers PAM Precautions2016-07-21T21:52:40Z<div class="ExternalClassC26920D90484442186A2FFD242CC07C0"><div><p>DSHS Offers PAM Precautions </p><div class="content editorStyles"><p>July 14, 2016</p><p>The Texas Department of State Health Services is reminding swimmers and water skiers to take precautions to avoid infection from Naegleria fowleri, an ameba present in nearly all rivers, lakes, ponds and streams. <br><br>The ameba can cause primary amebic meningoencephalitis, or PAM, an infection of the brain. Although infection is extremely rare, it is almost always fatal.</p><p> Nine cases of PAM have been reported in Texas since 2005 resulting in eight deaths, including a recent case of a teen from Harris County.</p><p>DSHS offers these precautions to reduce the already low risk of infection:</p><ul><li><p>Do not swim, ski, dive or jump into stagnant water. </p></li><li><p>Hold your nose or use nose clips when jumping, skiing, diving or wakeboarding in any fresh water. </p></li><li><p>Avoid putting your head underwater in hot springs and other warm fresh water bodies.</p></li><li><p>If you use a Neti-Pot or syringe for nasal irrigation or participate in ritual nasal rinsing be sure to use only sterile, distilled, or lukewarm previously boiled water.</p></li><li><p>Avoid digging in, or stirring up mud and scum while taking part in water-related activities in shallow, warm freshwater areas.</p></li></ul><p>The ameba thrives in warm, stagnant water but may be present in any body of fresh water. A combination of lower water levels, high temperatures and stagnant or slow-moving water may produce higher concentrations of the ameba.</p><p>Infection can occur when water containing the ameba is forced up the nose when participating in water-related activities. The organism has also been found in tap water and can be introduced to the brain when tap water is used for nasal irrigation or sinus flushes. Symptoms may include severe headache, high fever, stiff neck, nausea and vomiting. </p><p>The ameba does not live in salt water or in swimming pools and hot tubs that are properly cleaned, maintained and treated with chlorine.</p><p>Closing lakes or other bodies of water is not a standard public health protection measure against PAM given that the amebas are ubiquitous, naturally occurring microorganisms and infections are extremely rare.</p><p><a href="">DSHS PAM Precautions</a> <br>(News Media Contact: Christine Mann, DSHS Press Officer, 512-776-7511)</p></div></div></div>
What to know about the Zika Virus What to know about the Zika Virus 2016-05-13T14:03:54Z<div class="ExternalClassF201E38FBD1241B3920EC059AC72AC18"><p style="text-align:center;"><span style="color:#333333;font-family:"georgia","serif";font-size:10pt;"><img alt="The White House, Washington" src="" border="0" style="margin:5px;width:137px;" /></span> </p><p> </p><p style="text-align:left;">The Zika virus is a disease spread primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito — the same type of mosquito that spreads other viruses like dengue and chikungunya.</p><p style="text-align:left;">While most people have no symptoms as all, Zika causes mild illness in some. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has established a link between Zika infection during pregnancy and serious birth defects and other poor pregnancy outcomes. We also know that there can be other serious neurological impacts in some people who are infected with Zika. </p><p style="text-align:left;">We are closely tracking and responding to outbreaks of this virus across the Americas. While we haven’t seen Zika transmission by mosquitoes in the continental United States to date, we have seen transmission in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa, in addition to cases reported in Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and the Pacific Islands.</p><p style="text-align:left;">And we know that this particular mosquito lives in certain parts of the southern United States, and we now know that Zika can also spread in another type of mosquito that is present throughout much of the United States. So now is the time to prepare as the seasons change and weather gets warmer. </p><p> </p><p style="text-align:left;">As President Obama said, we all have to remain vigilant when it comes to combating the spread of diseases like Zika. That's why the President has called on Congress to provide emergency funding to combat this disease, including to:</p><ul style="text-align:left;"><li> speed the development of a vaccine;</li></ul><ul style="text-align:left;"><li> allow people – especially pregnant women – to more easily get tested and get a prompt result; and</li></ul><ul style="text-align:left;"><li> ensure that states and communities – particularly those in the South that have experienced local outbreaks of dengue and chikungunya in the past – have the resources they need to fight the mosquito that carries this virus.</li></ul><p style="text-align:left;">Congress needs to act now to ensure that we have the resources we need to take every step necessary to protect the American people from the Zika virus.</p><p style="text-align:left;"><a href="">The Zika Virus - What You Need To Know </a> </p><p> </p><p> </p></div>
Zika in Texas Zika in Texas 2016-03-22T17:20:50Z<div class="ExternalClassC50C8AFB790A489B982C69C8C8ECC51C"><p>​Zika virus is primarily spread to people through mosquito bites. The virus can be spread from mother to child. Spread of the virus through blood transfusion and sexual contact has also been reported.</p><p>Approximately 80% of people infected with the virus do not become ill. For those who do develop symptoms, illness is generally mild and typically lasts a few days to a week. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). </p><p>Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon and fatalities are rare. An increase in Guillain-Barré syndrome was noted during an outbreak of Zika virus in French Polynesia in 2014. An increase in microcephaly was noted during an outbreak of Zika virus in Brazil in 2015. Whether Zika virus infection causes these conditions has not yet been established.</p><p><strong>Zika Virus – March 21, 2016</strong></p><p>Texas has had <strong>23</strong> confirmed cases of Zika virus disease. 22 were in travelers who were infected abroad and diagnosed after they returned home. One case involved a Dallas County resident who had sexual contact with someone who acquired the Zika infection while traveling abroad. Case counts by county: </p><p><strong>Bexar – 3</strong><br><strong> Dallas – 4</strong><br><strong> Fort Bend – 1</strong><br><strong> Harris – 10</strong><br><strong> Tarrant – 3</strong><br><strong> Travis - 2 </strong></p><p>The Texas Department of State Health is encouraging people to follow travel precautions for regions and certain countries where Zika virus transmission is ongoing. </p><p>DSHS recommends travelers avoid mosquito bites while abroad and for seven days after returning, in case they have been exposed to Zika virus. People can also protect themselves from mosiquito bites by taking a few simple steps: </p><ul><li><a href=""><span style="color:#444444;">Wear Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents</span></a></li><li>Cover up with long-sleeved shirts and long pants.</li><li>Keep mosquitoes out with air conditioning or intact window screens.</li><li>Limit outdoor activities during peak mosquito times</li></ul><p><strong>For additional information please go to </strong><a href=""><strong></strong></a></p></div>

 Health Services Department

6301 South Stadium Lane

Katy, TX 77494

Therese Highnote BSN, RN

Director of Health Services

Phone: 281-396-2629    Fax: 281-644-1844

Map Location    

TEA Met Standard - District & Campuses

6301 S. Stadium Lane - Katy TX 77494 | 281.396.6000 | Login | Accessibility

It is the policy of Katy ISD not to discriminate on the basis of sex, disability, race, religion, color, gender, age, or national origin
in its educational programs and/or activities, including career and technology programs, nor in its employment practices
and to provide equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.

Katy ISD is not responsible for the content on external websites or servers.