Nurse Notes

Tips for a Healthy School Year:

1. Wash hands!! Encouraging good handwashing is the simplest and easiest way to prevent the spread of illness this year. Teach your children to thouroughly wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, about the time it takes to sing the ABC song twice. Hand Sanitizers are convenient and are intended to be used when soap is unavailable and not as a substitute for soap and water.

2. Sneeze etiquette:To prevent the spread of germs, have your child cover their mouth and nose with a tissue or to sneeze into their upper sleeve or elbow and not into their hands. Throw the tissue away, and of course instruct them to wash their hands with soap and water or use a sanitizer. This is a simple yet effective way to prevent the spread of illness.

3. Sleep: Encourage a good nights sleep about 8.5 - 9.5 hours of adolescents. Once they are awake, they need a healthy breakfast to start their day.

A child sick in bed

You and the Flu:

There are several things you can do to protect you and your family this flu season - 

  • Get the flu shot! You can receive both the seasonal flu shot and the H1N1 (Swine Flu) shot at the same time.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your upper arm when you cough or sneeze.
  • Wash your hands frequently throughout the day with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze.
  • Avoid close contact (about 6 feet) with sick people.
  • Do not attend work if you are sick and Do NOT send your child to school if they are experiencing any symptoms of the flu. Children must be fever free without the use of Tylenol or Advil for 24 hours before returning to school.
  • Stay Informed - these helpful links will keep you informed. Remember germs are getting stronger, we need to get smarter!

 Know What to Do About the FluThis website provides up to date information about the upcoming flu season. Being informed is being prepared!Información Influenza 2009

  

The Somerset County Health Department is another great information source on flu information. They can be found at: www.co.somerset.nj.us/health

Week of Jan. 28th, 2013:

There is a Norovirus that is present in many parts of New Jersey. At the Middle School there are three children this week who are home with symptoms of this virus, which include vomiting, and diarrhea. Please keep your child home if they are experiencing any symptoms of this virus as it is highly contagious.

Please refer to this website by the CDC for more information on Norovirus:

http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/revb/gastro/norovirus-keyfacts.htm