50 Whitehouse Avenue, PO Box 157, Whitehouse Station, NJ 08889 Phone: 908.534.4411 Fax: 908: 908.534.915 7 NOVEMBER 2014 Page 2 Nurse’s News Welcome to a new school year! Just a few reminders and healthful hints from the school nurse. Prescription Medication: In the event your child needs to take a prescription medication while at school, please be sure to have the "Authorization to Give Medication during School” form completed by a physician. You will be able to find this form along with other useful forms on the school nurse webpage. Non-prescription: Non-prescription medication such as Tylenol, Advil, & Cough Drops may be administered to students if the parent sends in the medication (in original container) along with written permission for the medication to be given. Please write the child's name on the box and the school year for which this medication should be used. Dosages cannot exceed the manufacturer's recommendations for age and weight (i.e. We cannot administer medication to children under 12 if the label says: “Do not administer to children under 12, except under the direction of a physician." We need to have a note from the doctor in order to give a dose of medication that is different than the dose stated on the bottle.) Remember: All Medications, prescription or non-prescription must be in their original container. Illness/Injury: Any student with a temperature of 100° or higher, vomiting, diarrhea, or signs and symptoms of a possible communicable disease, will be sent home. Please keep students home until they remain fever-free for 24 hours without the aid of medication and free of vomiting or diarrhea symptoms for 24 hours prior to returning to school. All children with suspicious rashes must b e excluded from school until the rash has been determined non contagious by a doctor. Students who appear to need stitches, x-rays, or extended observation for an illness or injury will be sent home for possible medical evaluation. If your child appears to have a life-threatening or serious illness-injury, the emergency squad will be cal led. Every effort will be made to notify you of this necessity, so please be sure all phone numbers and health care information on the emergency card are kept current. In the event the school is unable to reach a parent/legal guardian when a student is ill o r injured, the school will contact those persons so designated by the parent/legal guardian on the student’s emergency medical form. Only those designated individuals on the card will be permitted to pick up or release the student from school. Also, if parents will be out of town for an extended stay, they need to provide the school, in writing, with the name(s) and ph one number of those individuals responsible for the student's care. Influenza 2014-2015: Influenza season has started and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all children be vaccinated with the influenza vaccine to help prevent the spread from person to person. The vaccine is not the only way we can help prevent the spread of this disease. Here are some other ways we can help: Teach your children to wash their hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub. You can set a good example by doing this yourself. Teach your children not to share personal items like drinks, food or unwashed utensils, and to cover their coughs and sneezes with tissues. Covering up their coughs or sneezes using the elbow, arm or sleeve instead of the hand when a tissue is unavailable. Know the signs and symptoms of the flu. Symptoms of the flu include fever (100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, 37.8 degrees Celsius or greater), cough, sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, and feeling very tired. Some peop le may also vomit or have diarrhea. Keep sick children at home for at least 24 hours after they no longer have fever or do not have signs of fever, without using fever-reducing drugs. Keeping children with a fever at home will reduce the number of people who may get infected. Do not send children to school if they are sick. Any children who are determined to be sick while at school will be sent home.