School Nurse

From Your School Nurse (revised March 2020)

Trysh Brannan, RN
Clinic Hours: Monday - Friday 7:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Phone: 540-892-5674  Fax: 540-892-5677 


BEDFORD COUNTY SCHOOLS: NOW CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE!
‚ÄčThe clinic will be open on March 26 and March 27 9:00am-12:00pm for medication and medical supplies pick up. 

COVID 19: Stay Home - Stay Healthy

  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
STAY AT HOME UNLESS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY!
ALWAYS BE SURE TO WASH YOUR HANDS! 

Life is Better With Clean Hands

When it comes to preventing viral infections - respiratory and gastrointestinal – washing your hands is always the first-line measure.


Parents and caretakers play an important role in teaching children 
to wash their hands. Handwashing can become a lifelong healthy habit if you start teaching it at an early age. Teach kids the five easy steps for handwashing—wet, lather, scrub, rinse, and dry—and the key times to wash hands, such as after using the bathroom or before eating. You can find ways to make it fun, like making up your own handwashing song or turning it into a game.

Image result for hand washing imageYoung children learn by imitating the behaviors of adults in their lives. When you make handwashing part of your routine, you’re setting a positive example for your children to follow.


What are the benefits of getting a flu vaccine? *It's not too late*

* A flu vaccine can keep you and your child from getting sick. When vaccine viruses and circulating viruses are matched, flu vaccination has been shown to reduce the risk of getting sick with flu by about half.
* Flu vaccines can keep your child from being hospitalized from flu. One recent study showed that flu vaccine reduced children’s risk of flu-related pediatric intensive care unit admission by 74%.
* Flu vaccine can prevent your child from dying from flu. A study using data from recent flu seasons found that flu vaccine reduced the risk of flu-associated death by half among children with high risk medical conditions and by nearly two-thirds among children without medical conditions.
* Flu vaccination also may make your illness milder if you do get sick. § Getting yourself and your child vaccinated also can protect others who may be more vulnerable to serious flu illness, like babies and young children, older people, and people with certain long-term health problems.          


*For more information on the flu and flu shot, please checkout https://www.cdc.gov/flu/pdf/freeresources/family/flu-guide-for-parents-2018.pdf


     BEWARE!
        Dangerous trend hitting our young people

      Stop Vaping Now!

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a health advisory on August 30, 2019 urging people to avoid e-cigarettes and other vaping devices. An outbreak of severe lung disease related to vaping has caused severe illness and death in many US states.

E-cigarettes are exploding in popularity, and are being used by both adolescents and adults. They are not a safe alternative to cigarette smoking.

 E-cigarettes, personal vaporizers, vape pens, e-cigars, pod systems, e-hookah, or vaping devices, are products that produce an aerosolized mixture containing flavored liquids and nicotine that is inhaled by the user. E-cigarettes can resemble traditional tobacco products like cigarettes, cigars, pipes, or common gadgets like flashlights, flash drives, or pens.

***Are you able to detect vaping tools that are being sold online and in local stores?  Watch the video in the link below.  
https://www.today.com/video/students-are-hiding-vaping-devices-in-plain-sight-70976581947

 



The American Academy of Pediatrics joins the CDC to remind parents that e-cigarette use is never safe for youth, young adults, or pregnant and/or breastfeeding women. Get the latest outbreak information here and report any symptoms at www.safetyreporting.hhs.gov or call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222.

For more information:
https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/basic_information/e-cigarettes/Quick-Facts-on-the-Risks-of-E-cigarettes-for-Kids-Teens-and-Young-Adults.html

https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/documents/SGR_ECig_ParentTipsheet_508.pdf

https://www.kqed.org/mindshift/54597/how-to-talk-to-teens-about-vaping

Do you need help quitting?
Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW for support and tools. 




All health forms and care plans are online under the Clinic Forms Section.
If your child has a chronic health concern, please make sure the appropriate careplan is completed asap. 
If your child takes medication, p
lease make sure you have completed and turned in ALL medication forms needed in order for me to administer needed medications.


The forms are only valid for the current school year and must be completed yearly. Please DO NOT send in medications with your child. Parents/Guardians must bring these into the clinic. If it is a prescription medication, a physician signature is required.

We DO NOT supply cough drops at school.


CAREDOX IS LIVE!!
Starting the first day of school, all clinic visits with the school nurse, will be documented in Caredox.  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. Please take time to complete your child's Caredox enrollment. 
IF YOU STILL HAVE NOT COMPLETED YOUR ENROLLMENT, I ENCOURAGE YOU TO DO SO. IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE, PLEASE EMAIL:  Activation@caredox.com

 




                       

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