It's the most wonderful time of the year... or is it? Cold and flu season is here!!
It's still not too late to get a flu shot if you haven't gotten one yet and I highly recommend getting one.
Is it flu?- these symptoms usually come on fast and furious: headache, body aches, fatigue, weakness and cough. If you get a fever it can be high (102-104 is not unusual), but don't be fooled- sometines you don't get a fever. You generally feel SICK, like you don't want to move. If you have it diagnosed within the 48 hours of symptoms, you could be prescribed medication to reduce the severity of your symptoms.
Is it a cold? Runny nose, cough, sore throat and nasal congestion are the most common symptoms. You may get a low grade temp. Treat the symptoms. This could linger for a week to 10 days. If the symptoms worsen, contact your medical provider.
What can you do?
Wash your hands! Frequently!!!! Use soap and friction- this is the best way to prevent transmitting germs!
Cough etiquette is essential. Cough into your elbow and wash your hands!
Drink, drink, drink!!! Fluids are essential to keep the body hydrated and to flush out the germs.
Rest! Your body needs rest in order to heal.
Keep your distance! In the cold months people tend to cluster in small spaces and germs love to spread themselves out to many!
Be smart! Don't rush off the the doctor's office too early- it's not unusual to "catch something" there- all those people waiting to be seen are sick!
Make sure you follow the illness guidelines- the 24 hour rule for fevers, vomiting and diarrhea. We need to keep our Martin School population as healthy as we can!
Not sure what to do?? Call me ! I'm happy to discuss the best plan for you and your child.
Convenient MD Urgent Care in Plainville offers free Flu shots- just bring your insurance card. No appointment is needed. Their hours are 8:00AM-8:00PM 7 days a week. They also offer physicals for sports, camp and school. The charge is $20. Please see me if you have any questions or if you need any assistance.
We are all settling in to our routines now! Here's what's going on in hte health office...
*State mandated growth screenings have been done on all Grade 1 and Grade 4 students.
* We held a very successful Flu Clinic for NAPS students on October 7. If you weren't able to attend I highly advise that your child gets a flu shot. They can get them from their PCP or Anne Marie Fleming, our public health nurse has flu clinics at the town hall. Her number is 508-699-0104.
* We will be starting our hearing and vision screenings at Martin School shortly.
* Please send in any updates physicals for students in Grades 1 and 4!
There will be a Flu Clinic for any NAPS student that wants a flu vaccine on Monday, October 7, 2019 from 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM at North Attleboro Middle School. Please bring your insurance card. Ann Marie Fleming will be there and will be able to immunize any adult and any other children not in our public schools.
Welcome to school! I hope that everyone had a fun and relaxing summer! I have been busy reviewing new student records and getting everything ready for a new school year.
My first order of business is ensuring that all student immunizations are accounted for. The Commonwealth of MA gives me a very small window to ensure this. If your child does not have the proper documentation in a timely fashion your child will need to be excluded from school. In light of the recent measles outbreak, this is of outmost importance!
Any student new to the state must also a submit a copy of a physical exam that has been done within 6 months of entry into school.
Please note the illness guidelines- we take them very seriously!
If your child has any medical issues please don't hesitate to contact me. My door is always open!
Spring is fast approaching! Don't let Mother Nature fool you...illness is still here at Martin School. We are still seeng some cases of flu and strep as well as the GI bug. Please be vigilant with hand washing and don't forget about the illness guidelines!
I'm still searching for kindergarten and Grade 4 outstanding physicals that are owed. Letters are going out March 20 if I still need info from you. Check your child's back pack!!
Scoliosis screenings will be done for Grade 5 students the last week of March.
Please send in any vision/hearing referrals back to me ASAP.
If your child suffers from spring allergies, you may want to think abiout restarting their allergy medciations now. It is anticipated that it's going to be a tough season for allergies!
Happy New Year! Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season.
Here's what's going on in the health office this month:
Hearing/Vision Screenings are just about completed. If your child has been referred to their PCP for either, please make sure you send back the completed referral so that I can update your child's health record.
Kindergarten and Grade 4 students- please send in an updated physical if you haven't done so already. These are state mandated!
Cold and flu season is upon us. Encourage your child to wash their hands frequently. Use proper cough etiquette. Drinks lots of water. If your child is ill- temp over 100, unable to manage secretions, vomiting/diarrhea- PLEASE KEEP THEM HOME! It's helpful for me to monitor illness outbreaks if I know if your child has had infectious illnesses such as strep throat etc.
Please help me keep the Martin School community healthy!
Dental hygienist visit for Grade 1 students in February.
Mobile Dentist coming to Martin School in March.
The health office has been extremely busy these past few weeks. Most of our hearing and vision screenings have been done. Hearing rechecks are hopefully going to be done prior to the holiday break. If your child fails either the hearing or vision screening, please contact your provider to have them evaluated. Please make sure you let me know what the findings are so that I can update your child's health record. Thanks so much for your cooperation!
I'm still looking for any outstanding Kindergarten and Grade 4 physicals. Please send them in as soon as you can. There are several kindergarten students that still need to show proof of lead testing. This is a state requirement.
The illness season is upon us. It's not too late for a flu shot if you are your children haven't gotten one. Please encourage frequent hand washing and proper cough etiquette. We strictly adhere to the illness guidelines policy. We want your children in school, but if they are ill, they need to stay home. If you are unsure if you should send them or not- call me!
Upcoming events- dental program for grade 1 students in February
Mobile Dentist at Martin school in March
Stay tuned for further info!
Happy Holidays to all!
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