Greenbroook Elementary School

Health & Wellness

Message: Winter, 2016-2017

  • 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.
  • Antibiotics like penicillin will not cure the flu. The best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu shot.
  • 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-aged children:

  • 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.
  • 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. The school district medication-at-school form is required.
  • Encourage children to cover coughs and sneezes, wash hands
    frequently, and keep hands away from eyes, nose and mouth. 

 

Retrieved from:

http://www.healthinschool.org and

www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm

Message: January, 2016

FLU SEASON IS HERE!

Preventative measures we can take to minimize the transmission of germs are:

  1. Handwashing- Use soap and water and wash for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol based hand sanitizer.
  2. Cover your mouth and nose with tissues (or into the crook of your elbow) when coughing or sneezing.
  3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  4. Avoid sharing drinks, water bottles, silverware, and pencils.
  5. If you are sick, stay home!

 

ALLERGY ALERT: Allergies and asthma, which can be exercise-induced, are starting to surface. If your student will need an inhaler, please complete the medication-at-school form available in the office. This includes those students who carry their inhaler in their backpack (grade 3 and up)-see section III at the bottom of the form.

 

OTC MEDICATION: School personnel are very limited in the first aid they can perform. No Aspirin, Tylenol, Benadryl, or topical antiseptic creams/ ointments are available. For example, should your student complain of a headache, it will be necessary to contact a parent or other person(s) listed on the emergency card and ask him/her to bring in and administer the medication.

CONTINUE TO HAVE A WONDERFUL HEALTHY YEAR

Head Lice

I want to address the subject of head lice, which is a common occurrence in schools, especially in the fall and spring. The following tips will help with prevention of the spread of head lice:
 

  • Anyone can get head lice-they are not a sign of poor hygiene or poor sanitation.
  • Head lice are a common problem any place where there are groups of children, such as childcare setting and school.
  • Head lice do not fly or jump.
  • Lice feed on blood every 3-6 hours. The primary symptom of infestation is itching.
  • Head lice are passed from person to person by direct contact, on shared personal items (combs, brushes, hats, carves, headgear, headphones, jackets, and other clothing), or by contact with infested bedding, furniture, carpeting, car seats, theater or airplane seats.
  • Avoid sharing hair care items, clothing, hats, sports headgear, towels, and bedding.
  • Frequently check children’s heads throughout the year. Early detection makes it easier to get rid of them.
  • Don’t confuse dirt or dandruff with nits (eggs). Nits stick on the hair. The BEST way of eliminating nits is combing with a Nit Comb.
  • The heads of all family members should be checked daily for approximately 2 weeks because of the life cycle of the head lice, which can be as long as 30 days on a human head (for mature lice).
  • Head lice are more of a nuisance than a health hazard.
  • If live lice are found, the student must be kept home and treated for lice. The student can return to school if lice free. Please stop by office first and have your student checked before returning to class the following day after treatment.
 
Prevention and perseverance are needed to break the “lice cycle.”
 
Thank you for your cooperation.
 
Sharon Dodson, RN, PHN
Health Educator/ School Nurse
SRVUSD

The Flu

Preventative measures we can take to minimize the transmission of germs are:

  1. Handwashing- Use soap and water and wash for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol based hand sanitizer.
  2. Cover your mouth and nose with tissues (or into shirt sleeve) when coughing or sneezing.
  3. Avoid sharing drinks, water bottles, silverware, and pencils.
  4. If you are sick, stay home!
Flu symptoms include fever (100 degrees or higher taken orally), headache, chills, body aches, fatigue, dry cough, sore throat, and nasal congestion. Sometimes, people may experience diarrhea and vomiting, also.

 
If you become sick, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommend that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever has gone.  This means you should be fever-free without the use of fever reducing medicines such as Tylenol or Advil/Motrin/ Ibuprofen for 24 hours before you return to school.
 
 
If you see your doctor for flu symptoms, an antiviral medication may be prescribed (TAMIFLU); however this must be taken within the first 24-48 of the onset of illness. Another preventative measure against the flu is getting a flu vaccine.
 
 
Maintain good hygiene practices as noted above. Rest and drink plenty of fluids. In our busy and sometimes stressful lives, remember the benefits of a good night’s sleep and healthy meals! Keep washing your hands and stay healthy. Please do not come to school if you do not feel well.
 

Go to http://www.cdc.gov./H1N1FLU/ for more information regarding H1N influenza
 
Click HERE for informational sheet from Contra Costa County.