Notes from the Nurse

   

            Incoming 6th Grade Student 2012-2013 Physical and Dental Requirements - Visit our new informational page for details concerning the new Tdap immunization requirement and the use of the revised 2012 physical exam form.

      

              Attendance/Health Office telephone:  847-965-2110

 

MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL STUDENTS ATTENDING MELZER  SCHOOL 

    

Reguirements for All Students:

A complete Physical Exam form, with immunizations, as required by the Illinois School Code.

Requirements for All Kindergarten Students:

A current and complete Physical Exam form, with immunizations, Vision and Dental Exam forms, as required by the Illinois School Code. 

Additional Requirements for 2nd Grade Students:

A current and complete Dental Exam form, as required by the Illinois School Code. 

Special Requirements for All 6th Grade Students:

A new, up to date, complete Physical Exam form, with additional immunizations and a current Dental Exam form, as required by the Illinois School Code. 

                        

         ***All required health forms are found on-line or at the School Health Office***

 

  

Did you know that the school day just got healthier? As a result of the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010, USDA school lunches and breakfasts will be healthier. As kids across the country return to the classroom this fall, they'll find more fruits and vegetables, more whole grains, right-sized portions, low-fat milk, and water. (To learn more about the changes to school lunches and breakfast standards go towww.fnsusda.gov.) East Maine School District 63 has a District Wellness Policy. To view the district policy, go to the district website and find Board of Education on the upper left side. Scroll down to Board Policy Manuel and click on section 6. The 2012-13 Student Parent Handbook also discusses treats and snacks on page 13. A list of healthful food and beverage options can be viewed below

Food provided for celebrations must be low in fat, sugar and calories. All food must be store bought and prepackaged in individual servings. No snacks over 100 calories will be allowed. Please consider non food items for classroom celebrations.

 

   

The Flu: A Guide For Parents

What is the flu?

Influenza (the flu) is an infection of the nose, throat, and lungs caused by influenza viruses.
There are many different influenza viruses that are constantly changing. They cause illness,
hospital stays and deaths in the United States each year.
The flu can be very dangerous for children. Each year about 20,000 children younger than 5
years old are hospitalized from flu complications, like pneumonia.
How does the flu spread?
Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with the flu
cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby.
Less often, a person might get the flu by touching something that has flu virus on it and then
touching their own mouth, eyes or nose.
What are the symptoms of the flu?
Symptoms of the flu can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches,
headache, chills, fatigue and sometimes vomiting and diarrhea. Some people with the flu will
not have a fever.
How long can a sick person spread the flu to others?
People with the flu may be able to infect others by shedding virus from 1 day before getting sick
to 5 to 7 days after. However, children and people with weakened immune systems can shed
virus for longer, and might be still contagious past 5 to 7 days of being sick, especially if they still
have symptoms.
How can I protect my child against the flu?
To protect against the flu, the first and most important thing you can do is to get a flu vaccine
for yourself and your child.
„ Vaccination is recommended for everyone 6 months and older.
„ It’s especially important that young children and chil­dren with long term health
conditions get vaccinated.
„ Caregivers of children with health conditions or of chil­dren younger than 6 months
old should get vaccinated. (Babies younger than 6 months are too young to be vac­cinated
themselves.)
„ Another way to protect babies is to vaccinate pregnant women because research shows
that this gives some protection to the baby both while the woman is preg­nant and for a few
months after the baby is born.
A new flu vaccine is made each year to protect against the three flu viruses that research indicates
are most likely to cause illness during the next flu season. Flu vaccines are made using strict
safety and production measures. Over the years, millions of flu vaccines have been given in the
United States with a very good safety record.

What are some of the other ways I can protect my child against the flu?
In addition to getting vaccinated, take – and encourage your child to take – everyday steps that
can help prevent the spread of germs.
This includes:
„ Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
„ Stay away from people who are sick.
„ Wash hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol­
based hand rub.
„ Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.

„ If someone in the household is sick, try to keep the sick person in a separate room from
others in the household, if possible.
„ Keep surfaces like bedside tables, surfaces in the bathroom, kitchen counters and toys for
children clean by wiping them down with a household disinfectant according to directions on
the product label.
„ Throw tissues and other disposable items used by sick persons in your household in the
trash.
These everyday steps are a good way to reduce your chances of getting all sorts of illnesses, but
a yearly flu vaccine is always the best way to specifically prevent the flu.

What can I do if my child gets sick?
Talk to your doctor early if you are worried about your child’s illness.
If your child is 5 years and older and does not have other health problems and gets flu­like
symptoms, including a fe­ver and/or cough, consult your doctor as needed and make sure your
child gets plenty of rest and drinks enough fluids.
If your child is younger than 5 years (and especially younger than 2 years) or of any age with a
long term health condi­tion (like asthma, a neurological condition, or diabetes, for example) and
develops flu­like symptoms, they are at risk for serious complications from the flu. Ask a doctor
if your child should be examined.
What if my child seems very sick?
Even children who have always been healthy before or had the flu before can get very sick from
the flu.
Call for emergency care or take your child to a doctor right away if your child of any age has any
of the warning or emergency signs below:
„ Fast breathing or trouble breathing
„ Bluish or gray skin color
„ Not drinking enough fluids (not going to the bathroom or making as much urine as they
normally do)
„ Severe or persistent vomiting
„ Not waking up or not interacting
„ Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
„ Flu­like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
„ Has other conditions (like heart or lung disease, diabetes,or asthma) and develops flu
symptoms, including a fever and/or cough.
Can my child go to school, day care or camp if he or she is sick?
No. Your child should stay home to rest and to avoid giving the flu to other children or
caregivers.
When can my child go back to school after having the flu?
Keep your child home from school, day care or camp for at least 24 hours after their fever is
gone. (Fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.) A fever is defined as
100°F (37.8°C) or higher.