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SCHOOL NURSE HEALTH NEWS

Spring is in the air!  Warm weather is here!  Trees, grasses, flowers, and weeds release their pollen during the spring.  Spring rain can bring more mold growth inside and outside your home.  If you are sensitive your immune system will start producing histamine. Histamines are chemicals that trigger inflammation in the sinuses, nose and eyes.       


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Allergy symptoms include sneezing, congestion, post nasal drip, runny nose and itchy, red, watery eyes. You may feel worse on some days than others depending on what is blooming, pollen count, and your sensitivities. 

 TIPS FOR FIGHTING SPRING ALLERGIES:

Wash bedding every week in hot water.  Wash hair and shower before going to bed, since pollen can accumulate in hair. 

 

Keep windows closed to reduce pollen from entering the house.  Change filters in air conditioning units and vents frequently this time of year.

 
Limit throw rugs to reduce dust and mold.  If you do have rugs, make sure they are washable.  Vacuum at least once a week. 

 

Over the counter and prescription medications can ease allergy symptoms.  Talk to your doctor about seasonal allergy medication that may be appropriate for you.   

 

REMINDERS:

 

The School Nurse is unable to accept and/or administer medication or pills in baggie with hand written note from parent!  Parent should bring medication to school in original bottle and complete medication permission form.  Prescription medication requires a physician signature also on permission form. 

 
State law requires that all students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade receive the Tdap vaccine. Proof of vaccine administration or documentation of a medical or religious exemption form must be submitted before school entry.  This requirement must be completed for all rising 6th grade students entering middle school before July 16, 2018.  The health department offers the Tdap vaccine free for both 10 and 11 yr old children.  Class schedule will not be mailed if your child has not complied with this health requirement.    

 
Also, students should not call or text parent to go home.  Student should ask teacher for permission to go to the clinic to see the nurse when not feeling well.     

 If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s health needs, you can contact your school nurse at 540-586-3933 or 540-586-1270. 
   

                                                           


                                                                         

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