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Markell DeLoatch, Public Opinion

CHAMBERSBURG – A school-based health clinic has proven itself after just a year.

The Keystone Pediatrics Health Clinic is preparing for its second year at Chambersburg Area Senior High School.

The clinic, a project of Keystone Health, played a major role in responding to the whooping cough, or pertussis, outbreak a year ago.

“We’ve been working with the school district to creatively offer ways for students to remain in school and get vaccines at school,” said Dr. Michael Colli, Keystone chief medical officer.

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A recent change in state regulations shortened the provisional period in which students can attend school without their vaccinations — from eight months to five days. Several vaccinations are required.

The clinic, attached to the nurse’s office, saw 322 patients for 517 visits during the 2016-17 school year. Student illnesses included nausea, vomiting, upper respiratory infections, headaches and neurological concerns.

Colli commended the clinic staff’s quick action to have two students with life-threatening conditions flown to hospitals.

“It definitely made a difference in the outcome,” said Dr. Erin Hannagan, medical director of pediatrics at Keystone.

“The school nurses and Keystone staff enjoyed an excellent collaborative working relationship,” said Donna Rock, the school’s nursing supervisor. “We share the same goal of keeping kids healthy and in school, ready…