Wednesday, April 10, 2019

School is coming to a close in a few weeks, reminder for next school year incoming Kindergarten will need DPT, Polio, MMR, and Varicella shots, Incoming 8th grade will need Meningitis and DT booster, and incoming 12th grade will need a Meningitis shot. Per state law the shots must be given before the student is allowed to start school.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

 According to the health department there is an increase in the cases of Influenza A, please look at the link below for CDC recommendations regarding the flu.  Remember your child must be fever free (without the use of fever reducing medications ) for 24 hours before returning them to school.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Fast Flu Facts

Adapted from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Flu symptoms include fever, headache, chills, body aches, tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, and nasal congestion.
  • Flu is spread when a person who has the flu coughs, sneezes, or speaks and sends the flu virus into the air. The virus enters the nose, throat or lungs of a person and multiplies. Flu spreads less frequently when a person touches a surface that has flu viruses on it.
  • If you get the flu: rest, drink plenty of liquids, and avoid alcohol and tobacco.
  • Antibiotics like penicillin will not cure the flu. The best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu shot. However, in October 2004, the American flu vaccine supply was cut in half. CDC and the U.S.-based influenza vaccine manufacturer have prioritized the populations eligible for the limited supply. Initially, priority populations include: hospital staff, long-term care providers, nursing homes, and private providers who care for young children. Additional priority populations eligible to receive vaccination with inactivated influenza vaccine include all children aged 6-23 months, adults 65 years of age and older, persons aged 2 to 64 years with underlying chronic medical conditions, residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities, all women who will be pregnant during the influenza season, children 6 months to 18 years of age who are on chronic aspirin therapy, health care workers with direct patient care, out-of home caregivers and household contacts of children under 6 months of age.
  • Over-the-counter medications may relieve symptoms of flu. The National Institute for Allergies & Infectious Diseases recommends acetaminophen (Tylenol) for children; aspirin or acetaminophen for adults. Decongestants, cough suppressants, and use of a humidifier can provide symptomatic relief.
  • Three antiviral medicines are available by prescription that will help prevent flu infection: Tamiflu, Flumadine and Symmetrel.

Things to keep in mind for school-age children
  • Do NOT give aspirin to a child or teenager who has the flu. To learn why, click here
  • Most antihistamines cause sleepiness. If a child still has a stuffy nose when she returns to school, parents may want to ask their child’s doctor to prescribe a non-sedating antihistamine.
  • Encourage children to cover coughs and sneezes, wash hands frequently, and keep hands away from eyes, nose and mouth.
  • A sick child is advised to stay at home during the first days of illness when symptoms are most severe and the infection is most contagious. Children can return to school when symptoms are improving and no fever has been detected for 24 hours

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Flu Shots
Your community health center will be having a flu shot clinic at the school on Monday , Oct 29 from 8:00-4:00.  Anyone can get the flu shot including students, parents, and people in the community.  Paperwork needs to be completed before the shot can be given. (It is only 2 pages) and can be picked up in the high school or elementary office.  YCHC will bill your insurance, if you don't have insurance it will be a $20 copay.  If you have any questions you can call the clinic at 573-426-4455.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Allergy Alert

Just a quick reminder we have food allergies that effect students.  Please be aware of the nut free table in the cafeteria and make sure to wash your hands well after eating foods that contain nuts.