• Dear Parents,

    We see a good number of students in the clinic each day for a variety of reasons. One of the main reasons they come in is because they are not feeling well. We are limited on what we are able to do for a stomachache or headache. Although there are a number of reasons why a student may not feel well, one thing that is important is getting the morning off to the right start by eating breakfast.   For more information regarding the benefit of eating breakfast check out the article: The Case for Eating Breakfast.  

  • According to the National Sleep Foundation, teenagers are more apt to stay up later and not be able to fall asleep until around 11 p.m. In turn, they want to sleep later which is not a match for the school schedule they need to follow. Honestly, a lot of kids would rather sleep an extra 15 minutes than get up to eat breakfast. Morning time is typically rushed so sitting down to eat an adequate, healthy breakfast just may not be a part of the morning routine. However, there are easy-to-go breakfast foods such as yogurt, granola bars, dried cereal, fresh fruit, and dried fruit which can be great alternatives. Please consider promoting breakfast to your child. Not only may it reduce a stomachache, there are plenty of other reasons why eating breakfast is an important start to a busy day.

  • MCV-Meningococcal conjugate vaccine- What’s this? One of the Missouri school immunization requirements is the MCV which is a vaccine that protects against meningococcal disease. This disease can refer to any illness caused by the type of bacteria called Neisseria meningitidis, also known as meningococcus. Such infections can include those in the lining of the brain, spinal cord, and in the bloodstream.

  • This is a dangerous disease so staying immunized is a key component in avoiding it. Signs and symptoms of meningococcal disease include a sudden onset of fever, headache, and a stiff neck. Symptoms are similar to the flu and may also include nausea and vomiting, a sensitivity to light, a rash, and confusion.

  • Requirements include two doses of the vaccine. One vaccination should be before 8th grade, between 11-12 years old and the second dose prior to entering 12th grade. For some reason, if the first dose wasn’t administered until the age of 16, only one dose is required. At least one dose must be given after 16 years of age.

  • If you would like to find out more about the vaccine and the importance of staying up to date, please visit the CDC website. There is a lot of information on other immunizations as well.

  • Parents, because the second dose of this immunization can be given after the 16th birthday, we strongly recommend getting your child vaccinated in plenty of time before the start of 12th grade. This will make for a much smoother start to the school year. 


  • Shannon Bensing

Shannon Bensing
Shannon Bensing
School Nurse 
(636) 477-2486
Rachel Stevens
Rachel Stevens
Clinic Clerk