Lee Elementary Health Office News- November 2019

Flu vaccine: The single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year. On November 13th, 49 students and 26 staff received the vaccine. There are a lot of reasons to get vaccinated each year:

  • Flu vaccination can keep you from getting sick from flu. Protecting yourself from flu also protects the people around you who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness.
  • Flu vaccination can help protect people who are at greater risk of getting seriously ill from flu, like older adults, people with chronic health conditions and young children (especially infants younger than 6 months old who are too young to get vaccinated).
  • Flu vaccination also may make your illness milder if you do get sick.
  • Flu vaccination can reduce the risk of more serious flu outcomes, like hospitalizations and deaths.

Handwashing: When & How to Wash Your Hands (CDC)
Keeping hands clean through improved hand hygiene is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Many diseases and conditions are spread by not washing hands with soap and clean, running water. If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol to clean hands.

When you should wash your hands:

  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • Before and after caring for someone who is sick
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • After using the toilet
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
  • After touching garbage

Please spend a few minutes explaining this important illness prevention tip with your child. Be sure they wet with water, scrub with soap, then rinse. Often, I note they are they are rinsing while scrubbing, lessening the soap’s effectiveness. http://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/when-how-handwashing.html

Eat Well on $4./Day, Good and Cheap is a cookbook for eating well on a limited income. The author, Leanne Brown, includes sections on breakfasts, snacks, sides, dinner, drinks, desserts and others. This free PDF cookbook is especially for those on very tight budgets, including low-income and Food Stamps recipients. The link can be accessed by the LES Library webpage-resources-cooking or http://www.leannebrown.com/

Fluoride Update:The program is off to a great start. We have 119 students in grades 1-6 participating. Did you know that this method of applying fluoride has been demonstrated to be safe and effective in reducing tooth decay 30%? It’s not too late to sign up!

Sixth Grade Parents: There are immunizations and recent physicals (since August 2019) required for entry into seventh grade. Please be sure to send in a copy of this information to the health office once completed. It is recommended that parents save a copy as well. In June your child’s health records are transferred to LMHS unless we hear otherwise.

Medication changes: Please contact me directly if your child has a medication change. You may email me, drnaventi@leepublicschools.net, or leave me a voicemail, 243-8164. I will add that important information to your child’s record.

Head lice: As has been the case each school year, we have had several incidents of head lice. By providing parents with evidence-based strategies, it is our goal to work with parents and families to minimize spread of this nuisance bug.

I thought I’d take a moment to mention what the experts advise schools do to help prevent spread. As you may know, we no longer routinely check for possible cases of head lice in school. This is per recommendation of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC). It is suggested that parents routinely check their children’s heads and practice prevention.
At school, we are aware that students should not share headgear (ex. hats, brushes), pillows, or, most importantly, have head-to-head contact. If a teacher notices a child scratching his/her head, I check the child and contact the parent if necessary. I also have literature that is sent home to assist the parent further. It’s important to notify your child’s health care provider as well, as it’s been found that over the counter products may sometimes not be effective.

Notices are no longer sent home, as we rely on parents to be vigilant about regularly monitoring for head lice. However, I am always willing to provide support and advice. Additionally, in the main hallway, there is literature to assist parents with prevention and treatment.
Please review the following expert websites for further information:

  • Centers for Disease Control -https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/schools.html
  • American Academy of Pediatrics - https://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/Pages/AAP-Updates-Treatments-for-Head-Lice.aspx
  • National Association of School Nurses- https://www.nasn.org/advocacy/professional-practice-documents/position-statements/ps-head-lice

Thanks for all you do to keep your children healthy!
Diane Naventi, RN, NCSN