Sunday, December 17, 2017



My name is Jill Davis and I have been providing school nursing services to the Verndale School since 1999!  I obtained my bachelor's degree in Nursing, Psychology and Biology from Concordia College, Moorhead.

I spend a half day per week at the school and am consulted as needed when needs arise.  When I am not at the school, I work at the Wadena County Public Health Department as an RN/PHN (Public Health Nurse) in the area of Family Health.

When my husband Steve and I aren't chasing after our boys to  watch them play baseball and hockey (and I get a little free time), I like to bike, rollerblade, ski (x-country and water) and spend some time at the lake cabin with a good book.

I have truly enjoyed my time at the Verndale School. The staff and students are wonderful to work with and it has been fun to come back "home" (as I am a Verndale graduate myself - though I won't tell you what year)!

If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at the Verndale School or at the Wadena County Public Health Department at 218-631-7629.

Your Student May Qualify for the VFC Program!

VFC Program

Three young children smiling











The Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program offers vaccines at no cost for eligible children through clinics enrolled in the program. Find out if your child qualifies. Vaccinating on time means healthier children, families and communities.

The Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program provides vaccines to children whose parents or guardians may not be able to afford them. This helps ensure that all children have a better chance of getting their recommended vaccinations on schedule. These vaccines protect babies, young children, and adolescents from 16 diseases.

Who Is Eligible for the VFC Program?

Any child that is younger than 19 years of age and meets one of the following requirements:

  • Medicaid-eligible
  • Uninsured
  • American Indian or Alaska Native
  • Underinsured*
Vaccines for Children: 20 years of protecting America’s children. The Vaccines for Children program was established in 1994 to make vaccines available to uninsured children.VFC has helped prevent disease and save lives ... big time! CDC estimates that vaccination of children born between 1993 and 2013 will prevent 322 million illnesses (more than the current population of the entire USA); help avoid 732,000 deaths (greater than the population of Boston); and save nearly $1.4 trillion in total societal costs (that includes $295 billion in direct costs) or $4,473 for each American. For more information, visit

Vaccines for Children: 20 years of protecting America’s children.

What Is "Underinsured"?

Underinsured means your child has health insurance, but it:

  • Doesn't cover vaccines, or
  • Doesn't cover certain vaccines.

*Underinsured children are eligible to receive vaccines only at Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) or Rural Health Clinics (RHC). FQHCs and RHCs provide health care to medically underserved areas and meet certain criteria under Medicare and Medicaid programs. If you need help locating an FQHC or RHC, contact your state's VFC Program Coordinator.

What Is the Cost?

At public health, there is no charge for the vaccines given by a VFC provider to eligible children, though there may be a minimal fee for administration of the vaccine.  Children are provided with vaccines at Wadena County Public Health regardless of their ability to pay. Families that are not able to pay the administration fee sometimes offer a small donation. 

Where Can My Child Get Vaccinated?

Nationally, there are nearly 44,000 healthcare providers enrolled in the VFC Program. If your child is VFC-eligible, ask your child's doctor if they are a VFC provider. For help finding a VFC provider near you, contact your state or local health department (218-631-7629) or call CDC at 1-800-CDC-INFO (232-4636) for assistance.


Early Childhood Screening   

The early childhood years from birth to the start of kindergarten are an important time of rapid learning and growth. Early Childhood Screening is a quick and simple check of how your child is doing at age 3 to 5 years of age. The best time for children to be screened is between 3 and 4 years of age so possible needs can be identified early on and children can get the help they need before starting school. During the Early Childhood Screening, a nurse will check your child's vision, hearing, growth, immunization status and developmental skills. Early Childhood Screening is free of charge and mandatory for students who plan to attend a public school. Early Childhood Screening is not necessary if your child has had a similar comprehensive screening through the Head Start or Child and Teen Checkup programs. If this is the case, please call the school right away and provide a copy of the screening.

If you have a child between the ages of 3 and 5 and they haven't had a preschool screening yet, please call Sue at the Wadena County Public Health Department at 631-7629.

If you have questions, please contact Jill Davis at the Verndale School (445-5184) or the Wadena County Public Health Department (631-7629).

Vaccines Available For Adults

Minnesota Uninsured and Underinsured Adult Vaccine Program

· The vaccine from this program is provided through federal vaccine funds.

To Qualify

· Must be 19 years of age or older.

· Patient is a Minnesota Health Care Program enrollee (Medical Assistance, MinnesotaCare , South Country, etc.).

· Patient does not have health insurance (uninsured).

· Patient’s insurance will not pay for vaccinations (underinsured).

Vaccines Available

· Tdap Booster (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis)

· MMR (Measles, mumps, rubella)

· Varicella (Chickenpox)

· Hepatitis A

· Hepatitis B

· Meningococcal

· HPV (Human Papillomavirus)

Vaccines through this program are available at Wadena County Public Health.  Cost is $13.25 per vaccine or whatever you are able to donate. No one is refused service due to the inability to pay.  Walk-in clinics are available every month.  If you have questions about the program, please contact Wadena County Public Health at 218-631-7629.




The flu season is upon us!  Here is a list of reminders that I thought would be important to share with you! 

Keep your child home if they have symptoms of the flu.  That means a fever of 100 degrees or greater, with cough and/or a sore throat. 

Sick children should stay home for at least 24 hours after their fever is gone without use of fever-reducing drugs like Tylenol or Motrin.

Teach your child to clean their hands often, with soap and warm water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Teach your child to cover coughs and sneezes.  They should use a tissue when one is available, or they can cough or sneeze into an elbow or arm.  Hands should not be used to cover a cough or sneeze.

Teach your child to avoid sharing personal items like drinks, food or eating utensils.

If your child has a chronic health condition and is at high risk for complications from influenza, you should plan to take some additional precautions.  Children younger than 5 years of age are also at higher risk of complications from the flu.  If you are not sure whether your child is at higher risk, please check with your doctor. 

Vaccinate your child.  The Minnesota Department of Health recommends vaccinating all children against influenza.  That step is especially critical for children at high risk of influenza-related complications.

When You Should Seek Medical Attention

Individuals at high risk for complications from influenza should contact their doctor immediately if they develop symptoms. If antiviral medications are needed, they are most effective within two days after symptoms begin. 

If your child has any of the following emergency warning signs they should receive urgent medical attention. 

These signs include: worsening of a pre-existing medical condition, influenza-related pneumonia, fast breathing, trouble breathing, fever above 104 (adult) or 101 (child) that cannot be reduced, bluish skin or lip color, not drinking enough fluids, not urinating, no tears when crying or other signs of dehydration, severe or persistent vomiting, not waking up or interacting, inability to move an arm or leg or being so irritable as to not wanting to be held, pain or pressure in the chest or stomach, sudden dizziness, confusion and flu-like symptoms that improve but return with fever and worse cough.  Contact your health care provider immediately if you observe these signs. 

For more information, please visit the Minnesota Department of Health website at or the federal flu website at .  






SchoolCenter Picture  SchoolCenter Picture