Aug. 3, 2006 Education Digest

Health fair set for Wednesday
The Curry County Wellness Council will hold a back-to-school health fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at Cameo Elementary Gym, according to a news release from the council.
The event will include health screenings and immunizations for school-age children as well as backpack and school-supply giveaways, games, fun activities and prizes.
For information: 769-7151.

Adams receives scholarship
Patrick Adams of Clovis received the Sixth Annual Scholarship for Military Children awarded by the Cannon Air Force Base Commissary, according to a Cannon Air Force Base Commissary official.
Adams is the son of Keith and Elaine Adams, also of Clovis. He will be a freshman this fall at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.
Initiated in 2000, the scholarship is awarded to graduating high school seniors or college-enrolled students, according to Kathy Kaczmarczyk, secretary of the Cannon AFB Commissary.

Teen vaccines recommended
Adolescents should be vaccinated against pertussis, or whooping cough, according to recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Center for Disease Control and the New Mexico Vaccine Advisory Committee.
In June, an arm of the Center for Disease Control recommended that 11- and 12-year-olds be given a tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, or Tdap, vaccine in place of a tetanus-diphtheria booster typically given, according to a Clovis Municipal Schools press release.
In New Mexico, officials have recommended seventh-graders receive a Tdap vaccine in the 2006-2007 school year, the release said. In the 2007-2008 school year, this vaccine will be required.
The Clovis Municipal Schools Health Services Program will provide Tdap vaccines free to students at schools with appropriate parental consent, the release said.
For more information, contact Rhonda Sparks, director of CMS health services, at 769-4490.

Education Digest is compiled by Marlena Hartz. Contact her at 763-6991 or by e-mail:
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