Health screening required for all new school students

All Cayman students entering government or private schools for the first time in the new school year will have to be up to date on vaccines and have a health screening.

The Public Health Department will host free health screenings this month and next and vaccines will be available for students who are not up to date with immunizations. Parents can also have a private doctor fill out the health screening form.

“Vaccines will be offered to children whose immunizations are not up-to-date. A health screening certificate will then be issued, which is to be taken to the child’s school,” said school health coordinator Carvell Bailey.

New students will not be allowed to start school in September without a health screening certificate.

The screening includes a growth and development assessment, vision and hearing tests, a dental check and reviewing the child’s medical history and vaccination records.

The Public Health Department will hold free screenings at the district health centers for students starting schools in West Bay or the eastern districts until June 30. All other students can receive a free screening from July 1 to August 21 at the Cayman Islands Further Education Centre Campus.

Students on the Sister Islands can call the Public Health Department to make an appointment.

Nurse Bailey said parents need to attend the health screening and should bring their child’s immunization records.

Parents who needs more information can call Nurse Bailey at 244-2734 or 244-2648.