As the holidays
approach, we wanted to share some health tips for you and your family.
Tip #1: Attention parents of incoming
6th grade students for the 2015-16 school year:
California state law states your child cannot attend the
first day of school without proof of Tdap immunization or a waiver.
These forms must be signed by a doctor. Please submit the record or waiver
by April 1, 2015. Drop off at your school front office or fax to
415-389-7773 Attn: Nurse
Your M.D. may be willing to fax it. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Tip #2: Head Injuries: We have noticed
an increase in head injuries. It's important to know what to do if your child has a head
injury/concussion. It is very important, immediately following the injury,
to watch for symptoms and keep the brain quiet and still. Here is a link to important head
Signs & Symptoms.
Tip #3: Sneezing
Do you know the safest way to sneeze?
With the spread of flu still a region-wide concern, sneezing
and coughing etiquette has become an important part of daily life.
Sneezing into a tissue is the best way to ensure your germs
do not spread to the environment around you. An unprotected sneeze can send
a germ spray up to 11 feet from the sneezer and travel up to 100 miles per
"Sneezing and coughing etiquette involves preventing
the aerosolization of the influenza virus," says Terry
Burger, RN, Lehigh Valley Health Network's director of infection control.
"The most effective way to prevent the spread of germs is to cough or
sneeze into a tissue, followed by your arm or sleeve."
But this isn't the only way to reduce the spread of the flu.
Burger suggests a multipronged approach:
Remember to get vaccinated. Vaccination is the
most important method of prevention.
Practice strict hand hygiene.
Practice social distancing. If you are sick, stay home
from work, school or public gatherings.
Sanitize your "high touch areas," like computers
and phones, with antibacterial wipes.
Tip #4: Expired Medications
If your child has an Epi-Pen or an inhaler, it's important
to keep track of the expiration dates. When it's time to renew, did you
know that the makers of almost all prescribed medications have programs
where you may have no co-pay and significant discounts?
For example, The Epi-Pen, Epinephrine Autoinject,
Epinephrine Autoinject, and Auvi-Q (the square one that talks you through
the injection) companies have programs where you can have no co-pay.
Up to $100 discount in some cases. It is a loyalty program and not
based on need. You fill in a little info on their website & print
out a sheet to give to your pharmacist. For these offers, Google the
names above and be sure to choose the actual company website, not an RX
discount, etc.. type site. There will be info about their loyalty
program on the opening page - or a link.
Director of Student Support