The Ochsner Healthy Schools Program supports children’s physical and emotional wellbeing in a school based setting. School success builds confidence, responsibility and routine in a developing child. Through our school nursing program, community outreach opportunities and health education, we are here to help children reach their full potential.
Our goal is to improve health outcomes and access for our children and their families. Our trained medical professionals can help identify children struggling with chronic health and mental conditions and connect them to Ochsner's larger comprehensive healthcare system. Healthy Schools is also available for pediatric wellness education to teachers, students, and their families. Through our program, we hope to keep children healthy in school with prompt responses to their medical issues and direct communication with parents through the convenience of a trusted and consistent provider in a safe setting.
As of May 10, 2021, the Food and Drug Administration has given emergency use authorization for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 12-15. Data specific to the 12-15-year-old group shows 100% efficacy, robust antibody responses and was well tolerated. The American Academy of Pediatrics urges youths and adults to get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it is available to them. This is especially important with a rise in cases caused by variant strains of the virus, which seem to be more contagious.
Ochsner Health is now scheduling for anyone ages 12 years or older to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.