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SCHOOL NURSE HEALTH NEWS

It has been a very busy beginning to the school year and the holidays are upon us! 

Please remember that student's should not carry medication including inhalers at school without  a medication permission form and/or a health care plan completed and on file with the nurse. 

It is very important to complete an emergency card for your child.  This provides the School with information regarding any student health concerns along with emergency contacts.  It is also necessary for participation of field trips throughout the school year.   

 

 If your child needs medical insurance, the children’s health insurance called FAMIS may be available for you.  Please contact your School Nurse for more information. 

Flu season has begun!  The flu vaccine is your best protection against the flu.  It is recommended that parents take their children to receive the flu vaccine at this time.  Your child should be seen by a physician in order to be diagnosed with the flu.  

Encourage your child to WASH HANDS and sneeze or cough into sleeve to prevent the spread of germs.   Keep your child at home if he/she has flu symptoms.  Do not return to school until fever of 100F or higher is absent without medication for 24 hrs. 

(A fever is our body’s way of saying something is not right. It can be beneficial to allow our immune system to deal with a fever on its own and should not always be suppressed with medication.) 


Facts about Infection and Children

• Yellow or green mucous does not mean that a child has a bacterial infection; it is a normal response to a cold.

• Children who frequently take antibiotics are more likely to have resistant bacteria in their nose and throat.

• Ear infections do not always need an antibiotic. Doctors now recommend “watchful waiting” for fluid in the middle ear. .

• HAND WASHING IS THE SINGLE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO PREVENT INFECTIONS! 


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Did You Know…..?

• Nearly 22 million school days are lost each year to the common cold.

• Bacteria can double in numbers every 20 minutes. This means a single bacterium on a counter can multiply to more than 34 billion in just 12 hours.

• Rhinovirus, the most common cause of colds, can live on surfaces such as, tables, doorknobs and computer keyboards for 2-3 hours.

• Number of germs per square inch: Phone- 25,127
Toilet seat – 49 (this is because we clean toilet seats much more frequently than a phone).

Sources: The Clorox Company and CDC.

It is a great idea to regularly wipe surfaces with a disinfectant cleaner!



HAVE A SAFE, HAPPY AND HEALTHY HOLIDAY SEASON!!

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 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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