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BEWARE!!!
THE FLU IS OUT THERE!



We are in the midst of cold and flu season. Please be aware of what is around you and take precautions to protect yourself. 
- Avoid sick contacts. If you know someone has gotten ill then reschedule your plans with them or suggest a phone call rather than an in person meeting. 
- Get your flu shot. It is not too late. See your doctor, the local pharmacies, or the health department. 
- Wash your hands!!! This is huge. Your mouth, nose, and eyes are easy access points for germs. It has been suggested that the average person touches their face unconsciously 3-5 time every MINUTE that they are awake. Think about all the door knobs, sink faucets, toilets, desks, phones, and other hands you touch...that's a lot of germ possibilities. Aim for washing at least 8 times a day: 3 times for before each meals, 4 times for after every bathroom visit, and 1 time for something that gets your hands dirty (if you need more than 8 then do more).
- Don't share food and eating utensils!!! It's not just the flu we are dealing with right now- GI bugs are going around as well. Both flu and stomach bugs can be passed around by sharing food and drinks. Now is the time to NOT mind those manners. Keep your plate/spoon/fork to yourself, keep your water bottle for you alone. Remember, with most of these illnesses people are contagious even BEFORE they have symptoms. Don't be fooled because someone looks "well." 
- Wipe down heavily used items. Think about things that get touched a lot or touch a lot of surfaces: door knobs, sink faucets, telephones, computer keyboard and mouse, toilets. We are also getting some snow days here and there- a day off from school is the perfect time to wash bookbags, lunch boxes, gym bags, purses, and any other of those daily use items. Remember we look at those smart phone a lot (and many of us may even be guilty of using them in the restroom *gross*). Those phones see a lot of germs- clean them up!!
- Know when do get to your doctor. Know the symptoms of the flu- fever, cough, body aches, chills, tiredness, headache, runny/stuffy nose. Watch for symptoms of the GI bug- nausea, vomiting, diarrhea. You may need to visit your doctor for either of these type of illnesses. Remember that if you see your MD within 48 hour of starting with the flu, you may be able to start Tamiflu- a medication that can lessen and shorten the symptoms of the flu. 
- Push the H2O. You need fluids to keep your body running. Your immune system needs fluids to fight off infections. If you are sick you need fluids to keep battling it out. The moral of the story: YOU NEED FLUIDS! Push the water! Teen boys need at least 78oz of water a day and teen girls need at least 112oz of water a day. That's not an amount you can "throw back" in one sitting. You need to be drinking water throughout the day. Keep a water bottle with you and refill it! (Don't share it.) 



Sick Days

Please remember that if your child has had an episode of vomiting or diarrhea, or has had a fever in the past 24 hours they should remain home from school. This protects other students and staff but also protects your child. People are often contagious before they show symptoms. If your child is sick he/she does not need to be exposed to more illness while they recover. Please consider making a doctor's appointment for your child if you are suspicious that he/she may have the flu, or if you are concerned about dehydration. 

As always- please contact the nurse if you have any questions or concerns. I am in the clinic from 8:30am - 4:00pm on school days. I can be reached at 540-297-7151.

If you would like more information about this year's flu please visit the CDC.


Thanks for helping keep our community healthy!
Jessica Haefer, R.N., B.S.N.



Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine Information for Parents


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The BCPS nurses are excited to receive Grant Funding from the 
Bedford Community Health Foundation to move the school clinics into the digital age.  A BIG thank you to the Foundation Board for recognizing and supporting this need. Watch for more information to follow as we connect to CAREDOX for our Electronic Medical Records in the school clinics. As a parent you will have an active role in this process to allow for a quicker easier way of communicating your child's health information.  


            

 

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