January 9th, 2010
The second H1N1 vaccine clinic is scheduled for Wednesday January 13th. This is for any students who are younger than 10 years old and for those students who did not receive their first shot for what ever reason. We will be walking up to Mater Christi again in the morning. Those students who are eligible should have received a notice from me. Please let me know if your child has received their second shot already.
Mieneke Maher, CEN RNC-OB
You and your family can help keep flu from spreading by taking simple, everyday precautions:
- Monitor children and yourself every day for flu-like symptoms.
- If you or your child is sick, stay home from work or school until you are better. Keep sick people away from people who are not sick.
- Tell your school nurse or administrator about your child’s symptoms so they can watch for other students with the same symptoms.
- Wash your hands well and often. Make sure your children do the same. Wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- If you can’t wash with soap and water, use a hand sanitizer. (Gels, rubs or hand wipes, as long as they have at least 60% alcohol.
- Remind children to keep their hands away from their face and don’t touch mouth, nose or eyes.
- Cover your cough. Teach your children to do the same. Cough into the inside of your elbow, or into a tissue — not your hands!
- Throw away used tissues or hand sanitizer wipes. Teach your children to throw away tissues and then wash hands.
- Don’t share water bottles, utensils, cups, etc. with others.
- Most people who are sick with flu will not need to see a health care provider, and can be cared for at home — Give plenty of liquids. Use ibuprofen (e.g. Advil) or acetaminophen (e.g. Tylenol) for adults with fever, sore throat and muscle aches. DO NOT give aspirin to children or teens. If the ill person has underlying medical conditions, is having trouble breathing or is getting worse, call a healthcare provider.
School closing will be considered if there are higher numbers of people ill with flu-like symptoms. The Health Department will work with schools to monitor this. The purpose of closing schools is to keep children at home and away from others — to slow the spread of flu from person-to-person.
If you have questions, call your school nurse or healthcare provider. You can call the school at 864-5623.
It’s important to keep informed about what’s happening. You can get more information from:
- CDC website at www.cdc.go/swineflu
- Vermont Department of Education at www.education.vermont.gov or
- Vermont Department of Health at www.healthvermont.gov
- The federal government keeps current information for individuals and families at www.pandemicflu.gov
Mieneke Maher, CEN RNC-OB
St. Joseph School Nurse