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New School TB Screening Policy Effective July 1, 2012

New School TB Screening Policy Effective July 1, 2012

NEW SCHOOL TB SCREENING POLICY EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2012 

PASADENA, Calif.—Effective July 1, 2012, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is replacing the current universal testing policy with a universal screening targeted testing policy for new students entering Kindergarten through the 12th Grade for the first time. 

The new policy recommends only testing students who are at elevated risk for tuberculosis (TB).  The revised County health policy aligns with the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics. 

Health providers, as part of their routine health assessment, will screen students and test them for TB only if a risk factor is present. 

For more information, contact the Public Health Nursing Unit in the Pasadena Public Health Department at lesaenz@cityofpasadena.net or (626) 744-6012. 

For more information about the City of Pasadena, go online to www.cityofpasadena.net. 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  June 21, 2012 – 035-012 

Media Contacts:  William Boyer, Public Information Officer, City Manager’s Office 

(626) 744-4755, wboyer@cityofpasadena.net , or  

Leticia Saenz, Pasadena Public Health Department 

(626) 744-6036, lesaenz@cityofpasadena.net  

 

 

 

 

Posted: 6/25/2012 07:15:00 PM