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NEWS FROM THE NURSE
 
 
News from the Nurse

Currently, the immunization requirements for students grades 6 - 12 have been updated.  All students will need to have the following immunizations:
  • 5 DPT and 1 Tdap (booster)
  • 4 Polio
  • 2 MMR
  • 3 Hepatitis B
  • 2 Varicella (chicken pox) or documentation of disease
  • 1 Meningitis - grades 9 - 11; 2 Meningitis - grade 12 (if first was given before age 16)
If you are unsure of your student's status, feel free to contact April Dougherty, the East school Nurse, at doughertya@bcsc.k12.in.us or by phone 376-4337.
 

IS IT A COLD OR FLU? LEARN THE DIFFERENCE
 
It is that time of year when we start seeing a rise in the number of viral illnesses.  When people say they have "the flu", a lot are talking about vomiting and/or diarrhea.  That is NOT the flu, that is a gastrointestinal illness/issue (could simply be something that you ate that doesn't agree with your tummy).  True Flu is respiratory affecting.  Diagnosis is through a nasal swab (no not a very desirable event, but necessary).  IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION QUICKLY IF YOU START TO EXPERIENCE THESE SYMPTOMS - Antiviral medication must be started within 48 hours of onset of symptoms and the sooner the better.  It will not make the illness go away, but will shorten the duration of the illness.  Most people have the fever, fatigue and body aches first and fast....listen to your body and don't wait.  Some offices will require being tested, some will order the medication based on symptoms and trends they are seeing. 
 
 
 

Remember, it is always very important to wash, wash, wash. Wash your hands with soap and water. Keep sanitizer for in between times. Encourage people to sneeze or cough into their elbow - not the hands. Stay healthy - plenty of rest, proper nutrition, protect yourself from the germs with the previously mentioned ways. And, if you start seeing the symptoms of the flu as stated above (telltale symptom is the sudden fever), see your Doctor.

SymptomsColdFlu
FeverRareCharacteristic, high  (100-102°F); lasts three to four days
HeadacheRareProminent
General Aches, PainsSlightUsual; often severe
Fatigue, WeaknessQuite mildCan last up to two to three weeks
Extreme ExhaustionNeverEarly and prominent
Stuffy NoseCommonSometimes
SneezingUsualSometimes
Sore ThroatCommonSometimes
Chest Discomfort, CoughMild to moderate; hacking coughCommon; can become severe
ComplicationsSinus congestion or earacheBronchitis, pneumonia; can be life-threatening
PreventionNoneAnnual vaccination; Symmetrel, Flumadine, or Tamiflu
TreatmentOnly temporary      relief of symptomsSymmetrel, Flumadine, Relenza, or Tamiflu within 24-48 hours after onset of symptoms
 
  
During the cold and flu season, some things to remember:

·Do not share beverage/water bottles.

·Wash your hands frequently.

·Stay home with persistent vomiting, diarrhea, or a fever above 100.0.

·Do not return to school until symptoms have been gone for 24 hours.

10 Tips for Getting Through Your Day, Even With a Cough or Cold

You have a cold, maybe an annoying cough. But what if you can't call in sick and you have to be at work? These tips can help you make it through the day.

Drink. Sip water, juice, broths, and other clear liquids all day. Staying hydrated helps your immune system fight sickness. It can also help loosen mucus and replace fluids you lose from blowing your nose. Keep a healthy supply of drinks right at your desk.

However, avoid drinks such as coffee, caffeinated sodas, and energy drinks. When it’’s quitting time, say "no" to hot toddies. Alcohol is dehydrating, too.

Eat ice chips. If your throat hurts, ice chips may help with soreness and pain. Bonus: They’’ll also work to keep you hydrated.

Spray. Use a saline spray to help a stuffy nose. It helps congestion by loosening mucus and rinsing your sinuses.

Numb up. If a hacking cough is wearing you out, keep cough drops, throat spray, and over-the-counter cough suppressants at your desk. The first two can help numb and soothe a sore throat. A cough suppressant can keep that "need to cough" feeling away.

Relieve your pain. Over-the-counter acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or naproxen bring down fever and reduce inflammation to help with achiness.

Other over-the-counter cold remedies can be helpful, too. However, you should know that while they can make you feel a bit better, they won’’t shorten how long you’’re sick. Some cold medicines have pain relievers in them, too, so you could accidentally take more than you need. Read labels first and try not to use more than one medication at a time.

Avoid smoke. Smoking, secondhand smoke, and other not-so-fresh air can really bother your nose, throat, and lungs. Make it easier on yourself while you are working to get better.

Still sick? Call your doctor.
If you have been sick for seven days and you’’re not getting better -- or if you’’re getting worse -- it may be more than a cold. Your cold (usually caused by a virus) may have given way to a bacterial infection. Call your doctor to see if you need antibiotics to clear it up

Be a loner.

To avoid passing your germs to co-workers, avoid contact with others as best you can. Sneeze and cough inside the crook of your elbow -- not into your hands. Wash your hands often with soap and water  and try to avoid shaking hands.

Rest. After work, go home and get a good meal -- try chicken soup. Then, get in bed! When you’’re sick, your body needs rest and sleep. Give it what it needs to get better.

Vaporize. While you rest or sleep, run a clean humidifier or a cool-mist vaporizer in your room. It can ease stuffiness and help you breathe better.

By Suz Redfearn Reviewed byBrunilda Nazario, MD

 

 

All medication given at school MUST have  permission slips on file.  Medication will not be distributed without the following information:  

·          Prescription medication must have a signed form from the prescribing physician and be in the original bottle.  This includes inhalers.

Over the counter medication needs to have a permission note from the parent along with a supply of medication.  This includes items such as  Tylenol, Motrin, Zantac, cold medications, etc...

Personal products can be purchased in the nurse's office.

Students calling or texting their parent to pick them up prior to visiting the nurse's office for an illness will result in an unexcused absence.