MOUNT PLEASANT NURSING AND HEALTH SERVICES

School nurses support our students to keep them at an optimal level of health through timely assessment, appropriate intervention, evaluation and referral. They contribute to a healthy and safe school environment  through infection control, accident prevention, health promotion and education.

 

Flu Season is Here!

There is Still Time to Get Vaccinated!

 
The "flu" is an illness caused by several strains of the influenza virus. It affects people of all ages but can be particularly harmful in babies and children, the senior population, anyone with a weakened immune system or chronic medical condition like diabetes or asthma. In some cases it can lead to severe illnesses like pneumonia, even in previously healthy children and adults. It is spread mainly through droplets expressed when a person coughs or sneezes especially without covering their mouth. It can also live on surfaces for several hours and a person may become infected by touching an infected surface, like countertop or doorknob with their hands and then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.

Symptoms of the flu may include fever, chills, runny nose, sore throat, cough, stomach pain, with or without vomiting and diarrhea, headache and body aches. If these symptoms develop and you suspect it may be the flu, it is best to seek care from your healthcare provider.

In order to help diminish the spread of the influenza virus it is important that people take a few simple steps:

  • Get vaccinated against the flu now....it's not too late!
  • WASH YOUR HANDS with soap and water or alcohol-based hand gels
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing (cough into your elbow)
  • Stay home when sick!  People with the flu or any febrile illness should not attend school or work until they are fever free and feeling well for 24 hours.

  

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

View important information concerning students who are unable to receive their vaccines from their healthcare provider in English or Spanish

View the Parent/Guardians Letter for all health forms needed for the 2017-2018 school year, here

View required immunization information for incoming sixth graders, here

View the Meningococcal Vaccine Flyer for students entering 7th, 8th and 12th grades, here

View the Meningococcal Vaccine Letter to parents/guardians of WHS studentshere

View the Meningococcal Vaccine Letter to parents/guardians of WMS studentshere

Mylan has issued a major recall of a life-saving allergy shot, Epipen. View recall information, here.