It is extremely important for you to check your child’s head on a regular basis. Visit the centers for disease control webpage for more information http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/ . You can also contact your child’s school nurse with questions.
The best way to prevent transmission of head lice:
Teach children not to share combs, brushes, hair ornaments, hats, caps, scarves, headsets, or any other personal headgear.
Do not try on other people’s hats (even in department stores).
Teach children to hang coats separately - placing hats and scarves inside coat/jacket sleeves.
Clean or disinfect shared headgear (i.e., helmets) with Lysol® or rubbing alcohol before being used by others.
Stay healthy by knowing the facts
To help avoid getting or spreading diseases such as Influenza, Enterovirus (ED-D68), and other illness, follow these simple tips from the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. Washing hands correctly is the most important thing you can do to stay healthy.
Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact such as kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people that are sick.
Cover your cough and sneezes with a tissue or shirt sleeve, not your hands.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys, doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.
Stay home when you are sick and keep sick children home from school if they are ill.
News coverage concerning Entroviris D68 and Ebola is very confusing. Follow the links to the Garrett County Health Department website and the Centers for Disease Control for more information.
Do you have a teen entering 7th grade the fall?
TDAP(Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis) vaccine
Meningococcal (Meningitis) vaccine
Schedule with your teen's doctor early this summer or before school is out!
EpiPens for Emergency Use
State law, effective July 1, 2012, authorizes school personnel to administer auto-injectable epinephrine to students experiencing anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is potentially life threatening and may occur as a reaction to insect stings or bites, foods, medications, and other allergens.
School health rooms are now stocked with auto-injectable epinephrine (EpiPens) for those students who experience signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis during on site school activities. Parents of students prescribed an EpiPen by their health care provider must provide an auto-injectable epinephrine for use at school and school-sponsored activities. Students that provide authorization from their health care provider and written parent/guardian permission may carry their EpiPens. Please contact the school nurse with any questions or concerns.
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