Education

Health Column

August 02, 1989 2 min read

In response to an upsurge in measles cases among school-age children and on college campuses, the American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending that all children receive two doses of the measles vaccine.

During school outbreaks, the aap recommends that all students and their siblings be revaccinated if they were born after Jan. 1, 1957 and did not get two doses of vaccine after their first birthday.

The new policy recommends that the first dose be administered as part of a combined measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine at 15 months of age. The combined vaccination should be readministered before a child enters junior-high school or middle school, the group said.

The aap formerly recommended that a single dose of the combined vaccine be given at 15 months of age.

The American Federation of Teachers has established a new project to help teachers and other school personnel learn more about aids.

Last month, the union announced that it was using a $1 million grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control to help 12 pilot sites develop aids policies for students and employees and to distribute aids-education materials to teachers.

Union officials said they were planning to hold in-service training sessions for teachers and to work with community groups to develop aids policies.

The union also said that because some of its members work in non-school settings, such as health clinics or social-service agencies, some of the new activities would be geared toward helping union members provide information about the disease to youths who do not attend school.

fs6 The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has reported that despite the national interest in physical fitness, many children and adolescents continue to be out of shape.

In its status report on the 1990 national health objectives addressing physical fitness, the cdc said the nation was unlikely to meet the goal of having at least 60 percent of all children between the ages of 10 and 17 participate in daily school physical-education programs.

It said that in 1984, more than 90 percent of children in grades 5-8 were enrolled in physical-education classes, but fewer than half of those enrolled had these classes daily. High-school students were less likely to be enrolled in physical-education classes, the cdc reported, but more than half of those who were had daily sessions.

The cdc also said the nation was unlikely to achieve the goal of having more than 90 percent of children between the ages of 10 and 17 participate in regular fitness programs for 20 minutes three times a week.

--ef

A version of this article appeared in the August 02, 1989 edition of Education Week as Health Column

Events

This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Recruitment & Retention Webinar
Recruiting and Retaining a More Diverse Teaching Workforce
We discuss the importance of workforce diversity and learn strategies to recruit and retain teachers from diverse backgrounds.
Content provided by EdWeek Top School Jobs
Student Well-Being Webinar Boosting Teacher and Student Motivation During the Pandemic: What It Takes
Join Alyson Klein and her expert guests for practical tips and discussion on how to keep students and teachers motivated as the pandemic drags on.
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Student Well-Being Webinar
A Holistic Approach to Social-Emotional Learning
Register to learn about the components and benefits of holistically implemented SEL.
Content provided by Committee for Children

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Principal
Meredith, New Hampshire
Inter-Lakes School District
Elementary Principal
Washington State
Wenatchee School District
Principal
Meredith, New Hampshire
Inter-Lakes School District
Elementary Principal
Washington State
Wenatchee School District

Read Next

Education Briefly Stated Briefly Stated: February 3, 2021
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated Briefly Stated: January 20, 2021
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
9 min read
Education Briefly Stated Briefly Stated: January 13, 2021
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Obituary In Memory of Michele Molnar, EdWeek Market Brief Writer and Editor
EdWeek Market Brief Associate Editor Michele Molnar, who was instrumental in launching the publication, succumbed to cancer.
5 min read