Mill Valley School District

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Health Tips from the Mill Valley School District Nurse


Dear Families:


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 Nancy Nakae.

Your M.D. may be willing to fax it.  Questions? Email



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 injury/concussion information:

 Concussion 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 hour!


"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.



Thank you,


Andee Abramson                                                 Nancy Nakae 

Director of Student Support Services                    District Nurse