AHS Nurse Lydia Bartlett

Keep Flu Out Of School

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Parents and Guardians

The best preventative measure against influenza (flu) is annual flu vaccination for you, your children, and your entire family. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend annual flu vaccinations for everyone six months and older.

The flu is a serious disease that can cause hospitalization and death, even in healthy individuals. Review the resources below to learn how you can protect your family and help to Keep Flu out of School.

Read stories from families who’ve been affected by the flu that illustrate the importance of annual flu vaccination (English and Spanish) from Families Fighting Flu.

CHILDREN AND INFLUENZA (FLU)

Advice for Parents on Talking to Children about the Flu

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Children, the Flu, and Flu Vaccine
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

La influenza (gripe) y la vacuna que la previene (SPANISH)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Hoja informativa para los padres

preventchildhoodinfluenza.org
Childhood Influenza Immunization Coalition (CIIC)

The Flu: A Guide for Parents
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

GENERAL INFLUENZA VACCINE INFORMATION:

Flu (Influenza) and the Vaccine to Prevent It
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Influenza: Also Known as the Flu
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Fact Sheet

La influenza y usted (The flu and you) (SPANISH)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

GENERAL VACCINES FOR CHILDREN INFORMATION:

Parents PACK Newsletter
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP): Parents PACK is a monthly e-newsletter for anyone who wants information about vaccines and vaccine-preventable diseases. Each issue provides timely vaccine information, a feature article, vaccine questions and answers, information about immunizations around the world and a trivia question.

Vaccines on the Go: What You Should Know
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP): It’s easier than ever to get health information. But sometimes, it’s difficult to weed out the “good” information, which is scientifically accurate, from the “bad” information, which is not based on science. This is especially true for vaccines. In a continued effort to provide the public with information about the science, safety and importance of vaccines, the phd scholarships at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (VEC) created an app called Vaccines on the Go: What You Should Know so busy parents can access the information wherever and whenever they need it.

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Beware, Tick & Mosquito Season is here!

Ahhh, warm sunny days. Boo! That means ticks and mosquitoes. Keep yourself protected, take a look at the video below. There are more great videos available at: www.mass.gov, click on Health & Safety, type the word ticks in the search bar, choose “Mosquitoes and Ticks-They’re out in Mass!” and enjoy.

 

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Grade 9 Posture Screening

Normal Spine

According to Massachusetts state law c. 71 s. 57 high school students in grade 9 are to have their posture screened.  During the school year students in grade 9 have the opportunity to have their posture checked by the school physician.  A letter is sent home with the student in the fall allowing the choice of being screened at school or by your own physician. Should you choose to have your own physician screen your child’s posture, please have him/her complete the form that is attached to the letter and then submit the completed form to the school nurse.

scoliosis spineThe screening allows for problems with the spinal column to be detected. The physician determines if the spine is normally curved or abnormally curved such as in scoliosis or kyphosis.

For more information about scoliosis go to www.childrenshospital.org, click on Conditions + Treatment, click on Scoliosis

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Grade 10 Health Screenings

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During the school year grade 10 students are given the opportunity to have a physical examination conducted by the school physician. A letter is sent home with the student near the beginning of the school year every fall describing what is necessary. Tenth grade students are required by state mandate to have a current physical examination (M.G.L. c.71, s.57, 105 CMR 200.00).  If you prefer to have your own family physician perform the physical exam, there is a form included with the letter that your physician may complete and you or your child can deliver to the school nurse.  Please note that if your child is transferring/enrolling/re-entering into AHS, s/he must have a current physical exam (within the past 12 months of enrollment date) submitted to the nurse within 30 days according to on Blessed Beyond Words site.

Please be sure to obtain a copy of your child’s physical at the time of the exam, and remember to submit it to the school nurse.

In the meantime health screenings for tenth graders will be taking place during the school year.  If not noted on the current physical, your child’s hearing and vision will be tested and in case is needed, they could use a recommended treatment from this Outback Vision Protocol review. Should any deficiencies be detected the parent/guardian will be notified by a letter from the school nurse.

Also, height and weight measurements may be taken if they were omitted from the physical exam. From these measurements the BMI (Body Mass Index) can be determined. The BMI does not tell the whole story of your child’s health. BMI does not distinguish between fat and muscle. For example, if a child is very athletic and has a lot of muscle, their BMI result may be very high even though they are not overweight. You may contact the school nurse for the BMI results. If you prefer to opt out of this screening please send in a written note stating this.

For any questions, please contact the school nurse at 978-249-2435.

 

 

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Tanning Your Hide

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Good news, summer is around the corner! A lot of people like to visit the tanning salon to get a jump start on their summer glow. Bad idea. Both indoor and outside tanning can cause permanent damage to your skin (wrinkles, age spots, cancer) and your eyes (cataracts, ocular melanoma).  The strength of indoor tanning’s ultra violet rays (UV rays) vary according to the age and type of light bulbs used, potentially exposing you to more UV radiation than you realize, plus they are designed to emit high levels of UV radiation in a short time. You can still get a burn from indoor tanning.

For younger (teens) sun worshipers/tanning salon users, tanning increases the risk of developing melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer. In Massachusetts people aged 14 years – 17 years old must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian to the tanning salon and sign for consent.

Play it safe and use sun block, your skin & eyes will thank you for it.

For more information go to www.cdc.gov

 

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