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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Health Updates & Notices

Influenza Season

The NYS Department of Health would like you to know that information regarding influenza and the benefits of influenza immunizations is free and accessible on their website http://www.nyhealth.gov.

The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu shot.

What are the symptoms of the flu?

The flu usually starts suddenly and may include these symptoms:

  • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults

* It's important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

If your child shows any symptoms of illness:  temperature over 100° and flu-like symptoms (see above), please keep him/her home.  Notify your health care provider if there is no improvement. 

Children may not return to school unless:  

  • They are fever free for 24 hours WITHOUT medication for fever 
  • They have not vomited for 24 hours

During school, if your child is ill and/or found to have flu like symptoms, parents/guardians will be called to pick up student.  Please have updated contact numbers on file.  Emergency contacts should be local and available to pick up students promptly.  When parents call to report an absence, please identify the illness your child is experiencing including symptoms.  Absences should be called in daily by parent/guardian.   

Below are links to websites and guides containing information about the flu and flu shot:

NYS Department of Health Seasonal Flu Guide

CDC Everyday Prevention Guide

NYS Department of Health Flu Fact Sheet

US Department of Health and Human Resources Flu Guidance 

CDC Influenza Information and Resources

NYS Influenza (Flu) Fact Sheet


Winter Health and Safety Tips

Due to the recent extreme cold weather, Lakeland's school health professionals would like to share some winter health and safety tips with our Lakeland families. Children need extra attention to stay warm, safe and healthy when temperatures drop. Please review the tips provided.

Guidelines for Cold Weather Safety

Winter Safety Tips - Westchester.gov http://health.westchestergov.com/winter-safety-tips

Winter Safety Tips - NY.gov http://www.dhses.ny.gov/oem/safety-info/publicsafety/winter.cfm

Cold Weather Tips - NY.gov (NYS Department of Health) http://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/emergency/weather/cold/cold_weather_tips.htm

Winter Weather Health and Safety Tips - CDC.gov (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/

Frostbite and Hypothermia https://www.cdc.gov/phpr/documents/hypothermia-frostbite_508.pdf


ZIKA Virus Information

For information on the Zika Virus- please visit the following websites for the most recent information:

http://www.cdc.gov/zika/index.html

http://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/zika_virus/

 
 

Summer Safety and Health Tips

http://www3.westchestergov.com/news/3844-summer-safety-and-health-tips


Guidelines for Cold Weather Safety 

Winter Safety Tips - Westchester.gov
http://health.westchestergov.com/winter-safety-tips

Winter Safety Tips - NY.gov
http://www.dhses.ny.gov/oem/safety-info/publicsafety/winter.cfm

Cold Weather Tips - NY.gov (NYS Department of Health)
http://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/emergency/weather/cold/cold_weather_tips.htm

Winter Weather Health and Safety Tips - CDC.gov (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/


Scoliosis Screening

New York State mandates all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students attending public school be screened for scoliosis. Scoliosis is the abnormal curvature of the spine, and if left untreated, can cause future health problems. Click here to download more information.


Pertussis

Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a contagious bacterial infection that can begin like a common cold, but progresses to severe bouts of coughing followed by a high whoop or crowing sound that can last for weeks or months. It is primarily spread from person to person by direct contact with mucus or droplets from the nose and throat of infected individuals. For the NYS Department of Health Fact sheet on Pertussis please visit:

The Westchester County Department of Health has advised us that the best way to prevent pertussis or whooping cough in your child and others is to be up to date with your vaccinations. We are thus advising that you contact your family physician to check your or your child‘s pertussis vaccine history. The CDC, New York State and Westchester County Departments of Health recommend that all children receive 5 doses of a pertussis-containing vaccine by kindergarten entry, and that all individuals 10 years of age and older, including teachers and staff, receive another booster with a different pertussis-containing vaccine.

NYSDOH has a fact sheet on Pertussis and encourages all adults over 19 years of age who have or who anticipate having close contact with an infant should receive a single dose of Tdap to protect against pertussis and reduce the likelihood of transmission.

Pertussis Fact Sheet, click here.
 


Measles

New York State Health Department: Measles Vaccination Remains Vital to Protecting Against Highly Contagious Disease. Measles case confirmed in Ulster County. For more information, click here.
 
Head Lice: Children should be checked periodically at home and the school nurse should be called if head lice are found. Call your health care provider for best treatment. Please inform the parents of your child’s playmates so that they can check their children’s head. As a precaution the student’s class will be checked. A note will go home to inform parents of that class.

Lice (Pediculosis) - NYSDOH Fact Sheet

Head Lice Information

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Lice)
 


 



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