Pasadena, CA – 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 children entering kindergarten – 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.
The TB risk assessment questionnaire can be found at the PPHD TB Clinic page, http://cityofpasadena.net/publichealth/TBclinic/
For more information contact the Public Health Nursing Unit in the Pasadena Public Health Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or (626) 744-6012.