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One of the best feelings in the world is the deep-rooted belly laugh. It can bring people together and establish amazing connections. Everything from a slight giggle to a side-splitting guffaw can change the temperature of a room from chilly unfamiliarity to a warm family-like atmosphere.

 

There is already so much to love for laughter that it seems greedy to look for more, but that’s exactly what researchers Dr. Lee Berk and Dr. Stanley Tan at the Loma Linda University in California have done. These two doctors have researched the benefits of laughter and found amazing results. Get ready to get your giggle on!

 

1. Lowers blood pressure

People who lower their blood pressure, even those who start at normal levels, will reduce their risk of stroke and heart attack. So grab the Sunday paper, flip to the funny pages, and enjoy your laughter medicine.

 

2. Reduces stress hormone levels

By reducing the level of stress hormones, you're simultaneously cutting the anxiety and stress that impacts your body. Additionally, the reduction of stress hormones may result in higher immune system performance. Just think: Laughing along as a co-worker tells a funny joke can relieve some of the day's stress and help you reap the health benefits of laughter.

 

3. Works your abs

One of the benefits of laughter is that it can help you tone your abs. When you are laughing, the muscles in your stomach expand and contract, similar to when you intentionally exercise your abs. Meanwhile, the muscles you are not using to laugh are getting an opportunity to relax. Add laughter to your ab routine and make getting a toned tummy more enjoyable.

 

4. Improves cardiac health

Laughter is a great cardio workout, especially for those who are incapable of doing other physical activity due to injury or illness. It gets your heart pumping and burns a similar amount of calories per hour as walking at a slow to moderate pace. So, laugh your heart into health.

 

5. Boosts T-cells

T-cells are specialized immune system cells just waiting in your body for activation. When you laugh, you activate T-cells that immediately begin to help you fight off sickness. Next time you feel a cold coming on, add chuckling to your illness prevention plan.

 

6. Triggers the release of endorphins

Endorphins are the body’s natural painkillers. By laughing, you can release endorphins, which can help ease chronic pain and make you feel good all over.

 

7. Produces a general sense of well-being

Laughter can increase your overall sense of well-being. Doctors have found that people who have a positive outlook on life tend to fight diseases better than people who tend to be more negative. So smile, laugh, and live longer!

 

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Posted 1/27/20

March is National Nutrition Month which focuses on nutritional education and an information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. 

The theme for 2018 is "Go Further with Food", encouraging us to achieve the numerous benefits healthy eating habits offer, but also urges us to find ways to cut back on food waste. This year's theme for National Nutrition Month® inspires us to start preparing our foods to go further, by planning meals and snacks in advance can also help reduce food loss and waste.

  • Include a variety of healthful foods from all of the food groups on a regular basis.
  • Consider the foods you have on hand before buying more at the store.
  • Buy only the amount that can be eaten or frozen within a few days and plan ways to use leftovers later in the week.
  • Be mindful of portion sizes. Eat and drink the amount that’s right for you, as MyPlate encourages us to do.
  • Continue to use good food safety practices.
  • Find activities that you enjoy and be physically active most days of the week.
  • Realize the benefits of healthy eating by consulting with a registered dietitian nutritional. RDNs can provide sound, easy-to-follow personalized nutrition advice to meet your lifestyle, preferences and health-related needs.

Test your knowledge

https://www.choosemyplate.gov/quiz

 

Other Links:

http://www.eatright.org/resource/food/resources/national-nutrition-month/toolkit

https://www.choosemyplate.gov

 

Posted 1/27/20

The focus for National Children’s Dental Health month is raising awareness about the importance of oral health. Developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children get a good start on a lifetime of health teeth and gums.

What is the most common chromic disease among children? “Dental caries, commonly known as cavities, are the most common chronic disease for children in the United Sates, affecting nearly 60% of children between 5 and 17 years of age” (US Senate)

Fremont USD is partnering with Tri-City Health Center Dental to provide training and awareness in the school site setting. They also provide dental services in their Irvington Dave Clinic for those with or without insurance. Appointment line for any services (510) 770-8040

Several of the FUSD school nurses also known as the tooth fairies will also be providing education to the students about the importance of oral health with help from the classroom teachers.

 

FLYER 2018

Posted 1/27/20
  • All students entering, advancing or transferring into 7th grade need proof of an adolescent whooping cough booster immunization (called “Tdap”).

Do ALL 7th grade students need to get the whooping cough immunization? Yes. Unless they have an exemption, all students going into 7th grade must have proof of having had the Tdap booster shot. This includes current students, new students and transfer students in both public and private schools. Many students have already received the vaccine and simply need to supply proof to the school, so check with your doctor or provider.

Why is the Tdap vaccine required? This requirement will help protect your child and others in your school and community from whooping cough. Whooping cough is a serious disease that causes coughing fits that can last for months. In recent years, whooping cough has been increasing in the United States. Whooping cough has been widespread in California and was responsible for 10 infant deaths in 2010.

Why should my child get vaccinated with Tdap? In addition to it being a requirement for school, children who get a Tdap booster shot will be better protected during their school years. Immunization also helps to protect others within the home, in the community, and at school. Immunizations help prevent school closures. Many schools in California have suffered from outbreaks of whooping cough. Students got very sick and parents missed work and lost wages to care for their sick children. In some cases, schools had to close, because there were not enough healthy teachers to keep schools open.

When should my child get vaccinated with Tdap? Now. Unimmunized children are at risk for catching whooping cough, getting really sick and missing weeks of school. Besides protecting your child, you can also beat the back-to-school rush by making an appointment for your incoming 7th grader to get a Tdap booster shot now. Keep documentation of your child’s Tdap booster shot in a safe place. Your child will need proof of immunization for school. Check with your school about how and when to submit the documentation.

What if my child had whooping cough recently or in the past? Any protection (immunity) developed after having whooping cough disease wears off, leaving your child at risk for getting whooping cough again. A whooping cough booster shot is needed to both protect your child in the future and to meet the school requirement. A Tdap dose administered on or after the 7th birthday will meet the requirement.

Instead of getting a Tdap booster to meet the requirement, can a student get a blood test to check for protection (immunity) against whooping cough? No. Testing for immunity to whooping cough is not reliable and will not meet the school requirement.

What if my child does not have proof of a Tdap shot before school starts? Your child will not be able to start school until you submit the documentation for the Tdap requirement to the school.

Is there a grace period/extension to get the shot AFTER school starts? No. As of now, there is no grace period or extension. Under current law, schools do not have the option to provide a grace period. All 7th grade students need to show proof of Tdap immunization or submit an exemption before starting school.

http://www.shotsforschool.org/frequently-asked-questions/tdap-parents/

 

 

Posted 1/27/20

What is Conjunctivitis (pink eye)?

Conjunctivitis is an infection of the eyes commonly known as “Pink eye” It can be caused by virus, bacteria or allergy. Anyone can get conjunctivitis but preschoolers and school-age children get it most often because of crowding and lack of good handwashing. Conjunctivitis is usually a mild illness.

Symptoms include:

  • Red or pink color in the white of the eye
  • Irritation, itchiness, burning of the eye
  • Increased tear production
  • Clear or yellow discharge that may make the eyelid(s) stick together, especially in the morning
  • Swelling of eyelids

An infected person can spread the conjunctivitis through:

  • Coming into contact with tears or discharge with someone who is infected
  • Coughing or sneezing(spread by droplets)

You can help protect yourself by washing your hands often with soap and water.

Preventing the spread of conjunctivitis includes:

  • Appropriate handwashing with soap and water, especially after cleaning or applying eye drops to the affected eye.
  • Avoid touching or rubbing your eyes. This can worsen or spread the infection to the other eye.
  • With clean hands, wash any discharge from around your eyes several times a day with a wet washcloth or cotton balls. Throw away cotton balls after use. Wash used washcloths with hot water and detergent, and then wash your hands again.
  • Wash pillowcases, sheets, washcloths and towels often in hot water and detergent; wash your hands after handling such items.
  • When coughing or sneezing cover nose and mouth.

Treatment of conjunctivitis:

  • Viral Conjunctivitis (most cases): The infection will usually clear up in 7-10 days without treatment and without any long term consequences, some cases may take 2-3 weeks to clear up.
  • Bacterial Conjunctivitis: Prescribed antibiotics (eye drops or eye ointment). Mild bacterial conjunctivitis may get better without antibiotic treatment and without causing any complications. It often improves within 2 to 5 days without treatment but can take 2 weeks to go away completely.

Persons who are concerned about their symptoms should contact their health care provider when they have:

  • pain in the eye(s)
  • Sensitivity to light or blurred vision that does not improve when discharge is wiped from the eye(s)
  • Symptoms that get worse or don’t improve, including bacterial conjunctivitis which doesn’t improve after 24 hours of antibiotic use.

Students need to remain home when until they are without a fever for more than 24 hours and symptoms resolve

https://www.cdc.gov/conjunctivitis/index.html

If you have any questions please contact your school nurse.

 

Posted 1/27/20

What is Influenza (Flu)?

INFLUENZA (also known as the Flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses (Influenza A or B viruses). It can cause mild to severe illness. The flu is different than a cold.

The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccination every year.

Symptoms include:

·         Fever or feeling feverish/chills

·         Coughing

·         Sore Throat

·         Runny or stuffy nose

·         Muscle or body aches

·         Headaches

·         Fatigue (tiredness)

·         Vomiting and Diarrhea (more common in Children)

Reminder: Students are to be kept at home after a fever of 100 F or higher. They can return to school when they have been without a fever and without using a fever reducing medication for 24 hours. If they have diarrhea or vomiting they need can return to school 24 hours after diarrhea or vomiting has stopped.

How flu spreads: Through tiny wet drops produced when a person coughs, sneezes or talks. A person can get the flu by breathing in these wet drops or by touching items and surfaces covered with these drops and then touching their mouth, nose or eyes.

You can help protect yourself by washing your hands often with soap and water especially after using the restroom. Hand hygiene with soap and water is preferred as alcohol based hand sanitizers have limited effectiveness against the flu. If possible avoid other individuals who have the above symptoms.

There is no specific treatment for the flu. However some things can be done to relieve symptoms:

·         Taking over the counter medications to relieve fever (Caution: Aspirin should not be given to children.)

·         Drinking liquids to stay hydrated.

Persons who are concerned about their symptoms should contact their health care provider.

For more information: http://www.acphd.org/flu

 

Posted 1/27/20

Norovirus is a highly contagious virus. Norovirus infection causes gastroenteritis (inflammation of the stomach and intestines. This leads to diarrhea, vomiting and stomach pain. It is often called stomach flu.

Norovirus is not related to the flu (influenza).

Symptoms include:

  • Vomiting and Diarrhea
  • Feel extremely sick
  • Can lead to severe dehydration

Reminder: Students are to be kept at home if they have diarrhea or vomiting. They can return to school 24 hours after diarrhea or vomiting has stopped.

The best way to prevent norovirus from spreading:

  • Practice proper hand hygiene after using the toilet or changing diapers. Also before eating, preparing and handling food. Soap and water is preferred as alcohol based hand sanitizers have limited effectiveness against the norovirus.
  • If possible avoid other individuals who have the above symptoms.
  • Wash fruits and vegetables and cook seafood thoroughly.
  • When you are sick do not prepare food or care for others.
  • Clean and disinfect contaminated surfaces.
  • Wash laundry thoroughly.

There is no specific treatment for norovirus. However some things can be done to relieve symptoms:

  • Drink plenty of liquids to replace fluid loss and prevent dehydration.

Persons who are concerned about their symptoms should contact their health care provider.

For more information: http://www.cdc.gov/norovirus

If you have any questions please contact your school nurse.

Cheryl Knight RN, PNP—Health Services Coordinator, Student Support Services

 

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Posted 1/27/20

It's probably making you squirm just thinking about it – your child comes home from school scratching his head. She has lice. It is important to remember that head lice is a nuisance, not a serious disease or a sign of poor hygiene.

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Posted 1/27/20

The primary role of the school nurse is to support Student learning. The nurse accomplishes this by implementing strategies that promote student and staff health and safety. As the health services expert, the school nurse serves as the health professional for the school community. Some of the services provided include: health assessments and participation in development of Individualized Education Plan for students with special needs; pediatric nursing procedures; screening for health factors impacting student learning, activities to promote health, chronic disease management and education, administering of medications, crisis team participation, recommending guidelines for school district health policies; and serving as a health care provider liaison between the school and the community.

 

All school nurses have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree and a School Nurse Certificate. The school nurse works independently in the school setting to provide health care and education primarily to students and possess strong skills in critical thinking, decision-making, communication, individual and classroom education, and child advocacy.

 

School Nurses contribute to their local communities by helping the students stay healthy, in school, and ready to learn, and keeping parents and families at work.

 

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Posted 1/27/20

After You Return From Your Trip ...

If you are not feeling well after your trip, see a doctor and mention that you traveled recently. If you have traveled to an area with Zika risk, take steps to prevent mosquito bites for 3 weeks after your trip. Even if you don't feel sick upon returning, take precautions so that you don't spread Zika to uninfected mosquitoes that can spread the virus to other people. Learn more about CDC's Zika travel notices

 

Subject: Zika Message in case your Students and Their Families are Traveling

We at the Alameda County Public Health Department are sending out reminders that

if people are traveling to Mexico, Latin America,  South America, or other areas with Zika travel advisories, it is very important to:

  • Use insect repellent.  Remember to apply sunscreen first and then insect repellent.
  • Wear long sleeves and long pants, when possible.
  • Stay and sleep in screened-in or air-conditioned rooms.
  • Use a bed net, as needed
  • Use condoms if you have sex. 

And then, when families return from travel:

  • Continue using insect repellent for 3 weeks to prevent spreading Zika back home.
  • Women: Wait at least 8 weeks before having unprotected sex or to attempt conception.
  • Men: Wait at least 6 months before having unprotected sex.
  • See your doctor right away if:

o   You have Zika symptoms

o   You think you are pregnant

Important Note about Pregnancy

Zika is linked to birth defects.  Pregnant women should not travel to any area with Zika.  If your partner travels to these areas, either use condoms or don’t have sex for the rest of your pregnancy.  If you are trying to become pregnant, talk to your doctor about your plans.

You can help us spread the word about Zika virus by:

 

Alameda County Public Health Department

www.acphd.org/zika

510-267-3250

 

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Posted 1/27/20

What is hand, foot and mouth disease?

Hand, foot and mouth disease is a common viral illness that usually affects infants and children younger than 5 years of age. However it can occur at any age.

Symptoms include:

·         Fever

·         Blister like sores in mouth

·         Skin rash- usually on palms of hands and soles of the feet

·         Poor appetite

·         Not feeling well

·         Sore throat

·         Younger children can get dehydrated

There is no vaccine to protect against hand, foot and mouth disease

An infected person can spread the virus through:

·         Close personal contact

·         Coughing or sneezing

·         Contaminated objects and surfaces

You can help protect yourself by washing your hands often with soap and water especially after using the restroom. Avoid close contact such as kissing, hugging or sharing utensils or cups with people with hand foot and mouth disease.

There is no specific treatment for hand for and mouth disease. However some things can be done to relieve symptoms:

·         Taking over the counter medications to relieve pain and fever (Caution: Aspirin should not be given to children.)

·         Using mouthwashes or sprays that numb mouth pain.

·         Drinking liquids to stay hydrated.

Persons who are concerned about their symptoms should contact their health care provider.

Students need to remain home when until they are without a fever for more than 24 hours

http://www.cdc.gov/

 

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Posted 1/27/20

What is Pinworms?

A Pinworm is a small, thin, white roundworm called Enterobius Vermicularis that sometimes lives in the colon and the rectum of humans. While the affected human sleeps, female pinworms live on the intestine through the anus and deposit their eggs on the surrounding skin.

Pinworm is very common in school aged and preschool children as well as household members and caretakers of persons with pinworm infections.

Symptoms are usually mild and some infected people have no symptoms.

  • Itching around the anus
  • Leading to difficulty sleeping and restlessness

The pinworm infection can be spread by the fecal-oral route, that is by the transfer of infective pinworm eggs from the anus to someone’s mouth, either directly by hand or indirectly through contaminated clothing, bedding, food or other articles.

There are medications used to treat pinworms:  There is prescription and over the counter medications that can be taken. The over the counter medication is not always reliable. In households where more than one member is infected or where repeated, symptomatic infections occur, it is recommended that all household members be treated at the same time.

You can help protect yourself by washing your hands often with soap and water especially after using the restroom, changing diapers and before handling food. Hand hygiene with soap and water is preferred as alcohol based hand sanitizers have limited effectiveness against pinworms.

Students don’t need to be excluded for pinworms.

http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/pinworm/gen_info/index.html

 

 

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Posted 1/27/20

What is infectious mononucleosis or mono?

Mono is a contagious disease that is very common among teenagers and young adults. Epstein Barr Virus (EBV) is the most common cause of Mono, but other viruses can also cause this disease. Typically these viruses spread through infected saliva through coughing, sneezing or kissing.

Symptoms of mono include:

·         Severe sore throat

·         Large swollen tonsils

·         Extreme fatigue

·         Head and body aches

·         Rash

·         Swollen lymph nodes in the neck, armpits and groin

·         Fever for 7-14 days

·         Enlarged spleen(50% of children)

·         Positive blood test for mononucleosis(Diagnosis must be confirmed by a physician)

Most children have only mild symptoms for a week. Even those with severe symptoms usually feel completely well in 2 to 4 weeks.

You can help relieve symptoms of infectious mono by:

·         Drinking fluids to stay hydrated

·         Getting plenty of rest

·         Stay home from school while having fever

·         Taking over-the- counter medications for pain and fever

·         No contact sports and rough play if spleen enlarged

There is no vaccine to protect against infectious mono. You can help protect yourself by not kissing or sharing drinks, food or personal items, like toothbrushes, with people who have infectious mono.

http://www.cdc.gov/

Posted 1/27/20

Why immunizations are important for all students?

Vaccination is one of the best ways parents can protect infants, children and teens from 16 potentially harmful diseases. Vaccine-preventable diseases can be very serious, may require hospitalizations, or even be deadly- especially in infants and young children.

Vaccines and School requirements that are required for children to enroll and attend school vary by state. States and U.S. territories enact laws and regulations that require children to receive certain vaccines before they enter school (kindergarten/first grade, middle school, high school and college).

Five Important Reasons to Immunize your Child:

1.       Immunizations can save your child’s life

Because of advances in medical science your child can be protected against more diseases than ever before.

2.       Vaccination is safe and effective

All vaccines are only given to children after long and careful review by scientists, doctors and healthcare professionals.

3.       Immunization protects others you care about

Serious vaccine-preventable diseases occur. Unfortunately some babies are too young to be completely vaccinated and some people may not be able to receive vaccinations due to allergies, weakened immune systems, or other reasons. To help keep these individuals safe, it is important that you and your children who are able to get vaccinated are fully immunized.

4.       Immunizations can save your family time and money

A child with a vaccine-preventable disease can be kept out of schools or daycare facilities. A prolonged illness can take a financial toll because of lost time at work, medical bills or long term disability care.

5.       Immunizations protects future generations

Vaccines have reduced and, in some cases, eliminated many diseases that killed or severely disabled people just a few generations before. For example, smallpox vaccination helped eradicate that disease worldwide. Your children don’t have to get smallpox shots anymore because the disease no longer exists.

http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines

Posted 1/27/20

What is Enterovirus-D68?

Enterovirus-D68 is a virus that causes a respiratory illness and is circulating in Northern California. The Public Health Department is working with local hospitals to identify and conduct testing on children hospitalized with serious respiratory infections. However it can occur at any age.

Symptoms are similar to the symptoms of a cold or flu which include:

·         Coughing

·         Sneezing

·         Runny nose

·         Body aches

·         Or fever—In this out break many children do not have a fever.

There is no vaccine to protect against Enterovirus-D68

An infected person can spread the virus through:

·         Coughing or sneezing by an infected person

·         Contaminated objects and surfaces with respiratory secretions

·         Enteroviruses in general can also be spread in the stool

You can help protect yourself by washing your hands often with soap and water especially after using the restroom. Hand hygiene with soap and water is preferred as alcohol based hand sanitizers have limited effectiveness against enteroviruses.

There is no specific treatment for Enterovirus-D68. However some things can be done to relieve symptoms:

·         Taking over the counter medications to relieve fever (Caution: Aspirin should not be given to children.)

·         Drinking liquids to stay hydrated.

Persons who are concerned about their symptoms should contact their health care provider.

Students need to remain home when until they are without a fever for more than 24 hours

http://www.acphd.org/enterovirus

Posted 1/27/20

What is Ebola? A severe, often fatal disease found in humans and nonhuman primates (such as monkeys, gorillas and chimpanzees).  It is caused by one of five species of Ebola virus that are found in several African countries. Experts believe that bats are the most likely natural host for the virus and may spread it to other animals, which in turn can spread it to humans.

In the United States, the risk of exposure to Ebola is considered to be very low. Casual travelers to Africa are not at risk for Ebola virus disease just from traveling in affected areas.

Symptoms of Ebola usually start 8 to 10 days after exposure to an Ebola patient’s body fluids. However, symptoms can begin anytime from 2 to 21 days after exposure.

Symptoms include:

·         fever (higher that 101.5 F)

·         severe headache

·         muscle pain

·         weakness

·         diarrhea

·         vomiting

·         abdominal (stomach) pain

·         lack of appetite

·         difficulty breathing or swallowing

·         unexplained bleeding inside or outside the body

There is no vaccine to protect against Ebola.

An infected person can spread the disease through:

·         Direct contact with the blood or body fluids (saliva, stool, vomit, urine) by an infected person

·         Contaminated objects with infected body fluids

Ebola is not a respiratory disease, so it is not spread through the air. People with Ebola virus infection cannot spread the infection until they begin to get sick with the symptoms.

You can help protect yourself by washing your hands often with soap and water especially after using the restroom.

Treatment for Ebola includes intravenous fluids, oxygen and medications to maintain blood pressure.

Persons who are concerned about their symptoms should contact their health care provider.

http://www.acphd.org/ebola

 

 

Posted 1/27/20

There have been recent price increases for the Epipen for children with severe allergies. Families can consult with doctor to find more affordable options for epinephrine auto injectors.

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Posted 1/27/20

What is Zika Virus? Zika is a virus that is thought to spread to people through mosquito bites. The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to one week. About 1 in 5 people with Zika virus infection develop symptoms. People usually do not become sick enough to go to the hospital, and the virus is rarely fatal.

 

Zika has been found in Brazil, Mexico, several countries in Central and South America and several islands in the Caribbean including Puerto Rico, and some cases were recently found in the United States. As of February 2016, there had been 52 travel associated Zika virus disease cases reported. No locally acquired cases reported.

 

If you are traveling to the noted countries listed above please take precautions to prevent mosquito bites.

 

Zika virus does not spread from casual contact with others.

Symptoms include:

  • fever (higher that 101.5 F)
  • rash
  • joint pain
  • conjunctivitis(red eyes)
  • muscle pain
  • headache

There is currently no vaccine to protect, or specific medicine to treat, Zika infections.

 

Treatment of the symptoms of Zika:

  • Get plenty of rest
  • Drink fluids to prevent dehydration.
  • Take medication such as acetaminophen(Tylenol) to relieve fever and pain
  • Do not take aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

Persons, who are concerned about their symptoms, should contact their health care provider. If you have recently traveled, tell your healthcare provider when and where you traveled.

http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ohsepr/resource/zika-parents

http://www.cdc.gov/zika/pdfs/fs-zika-basics.pdf

http://www.cdc.gov/zika/symptoms/index.html

 

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Posted 1/27/20

Guide to Immunizations English | español | 中文

 

No personal belief exemptions 
Exemptions based on personal beliefs, including religious beliefs, will no longer be an option for the vaccines that are currently required. 

Immunization Requirements

 

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Posted 1/27/20

Backpack safety:

  • Choose a backpack with wide padded shoulder straps and a padded back.
  • Pack light with heavier items to the center of the back.
  • The backpack should never weigh more than 10% to 20% of your student’s weight.
  • Go through the backpack weekly and remove items not needed to keep it light.
  • Use both shoulder straps
  • Adjust the pack so that the bottom sits at your student’s waist.
  • Use a roller backpack if possible

Eating during the school day:

  • Studies show that students who eat a nutritious breakfast function better.
  • They have more concentration and more energy. Hunger will affect a student’s performance in class.
  • Some schools provide breakfast for the students if not please make sure they are getting some protein.
  • Cafeteria menus are posted on the District Website. Fusdcafes.org with this information you can plan on packing a lunch for your student when the main course is one that you student prefers not to eat.
  • Many students qualify for Free and Reduced priced food at school including breakfast. Applications can be found at the student’s school site, Child Nutrition Services (CNS) Office at the District Office and also the CNS website. Fusdcafes.org

Develop a Sleep Routine:

  • Getting enough sleep is critical for a child to be successful in school. Without the appropriate sleep students will have difficulty concentrating and learning as well as they can.
  • Set a consistent bedtime for your student and stick with it every night. Having a bedtime routine that is consistent will help your student settle down and fall asleep.
  • Have your student turn off all electronic devices well before bedtime.
  • Try to have a calm and quiet home as much as possible is when younger students are trying to fall asleep.
  • Insufficient sleep is associated with lower academic achievement as well as higher rates of absenteeism, and tardiness. (The optimal amount of sleep for most younger students is 10-12 hours per night and for adolescents is in the range of 8-10 hours per week)

Developing Good Homework and Study Habits:

  • At a young age create an environment that is conducive to doing homework. Students need a consistent workspace in their bedroom or in another part of the home that is quiet, without distractions and promotes study.
  • Schedule ample time for homework, balancing this time with participation in after school activities.
  • Establish a rule that TV and other electronic distractions remain off during homework time.

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/gradeschool/school/Pages/Back-to-School-Tips.aspx

Posted 1/27/20

HEAT REMINDER 
during outdoor activities defend against heat related illness - practice prevention by drinking plenty of water, staying in cool areas and wearing light clothing | Heat Advisory | Printable Graphic

 

Tips for Preventing Heat Related Illness:

The best defense is prevention:  STAY COOL—STAY  HYDRATED—STAY INFORMED

·         Drink more fluid; regardless of your activity level. Don’t wait until you are thirsty.

·         Don’t drink liquids that contain large amount of sugar. This could cause you to lose more body fluid. Also avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps.

·         Stay indoors and if at all possible, stay in an air conditioned place.

·         Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath is a much better way to cool off.

·         Wear light-weight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.

·         NEVER leave anyone in a closed , parked vehicle.

If you must be out in the heat:                                                          

·         Limit your outdoor activity.

·         If you must exercise drink two to four glasses of cool fluids per hour.

·         Try to rest often in shady areas.

·         Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide brimmed hat (also keeps you cooler) and sunglasses and putting sunscreen of SPF 15 or greater.

Signs/Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion:

·         Heavy sweating

·         Weakness

·         Cold, Pale and clammy skin

·         Nausea or vomiting

·         Fainting

What should you do?

·         Move to a cooler location.

·         Lie down and loosen clothing.

·         Apply cool, wet cloths to as much of the body as possible.

·         Sip water.

·         If vomiting occurs and it continues, seek medical attention immediately.

Signs/Symptoms of Heat Stroke:

·         High body temperature (above 103 degrees)

·         Hot red, dry or moist skin

·         Rapid heart rate

·         Possible unconsciousness

What should you do?

·         Call 911-immediately—this is an emergency.

·         Move the person to a cooler environment.

·         Reduce the person’s body temperature with cool cloths or even a bath.

·         Do NOT give fluids.

http://www.cdc.gov/extremeheat

 

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Posted 1/27/20

liceIn the last several years, there has been an increase in the number of cases of pediculosis (head lice) found in Alameda County. Many of the schools in Fremont have had scattered cases. Children with head lice will be sent home from school as soon as possible to start treatment. Parents will be contact when head lice is found and instructions for treatment are given to the parents. Students with nits only will not be excluded from school. The responsibility for the treatment of head lice rests within the home.

 

 

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Posted 9/13/19

Pertussis is a very contagious disease that is caused by a bacteria called Bordetella pertussis and only found in humans.

 

Pertussis spreads from person to person by coughing or sneezing or spending a lot of time near one another where you share a breathing space.

 

Symptoms of Pertussis include:

Early:

  • Cold-like symptoms (Runny nose/mild-occasional cough)
  • Low-grade fever

Later:

  • Paroxysms (fits) of many, rapid coughs followed by a high pitch “whoop“ sound
  • Vomiting (throwing up) during or after coughing fits
  • Exhaustion (very tired) after coughing fits

Infected people are most contagious up to about 2 weeks after the cough begins. Antibiotics may shorten the amount of time someone is contagious.

 

You can help relieve symptoms of pertussis by:

  • Following the schedule for giving antibiotics as prescribed by your child’s doctor.
  • Keeping you home free from irritants—as much as possible—that can trigger coughing, such as smoke, dust, and chemical fumes.
  • Using a clean, cool mist vaporizer to help loosen mucous and soothe the cough.
  • Practice good handwashing
  • Drinking fluids to stay hydrated
  • Getting plenty of rest
  • Stay home from school as directed by physician

While pertussis vaccines are the most effective tool to prevent this disease, no vaccine is 100% effective.

Posted 4/24/19