- Students may not bring medication to school.
- Medications may not be transported on the school bus.
- A medication permission form must be completed by the parent prior to administration of any medication.
- Prescription medication must be in the original container labeled with the students name, dosage, and administration instructions. Some pharmacies will provide a second container for school use. Please ask your pharmacist at the time you fill the prescription.
- Non-prescription medication must also be in the original container, comply with the administration instructions on the label, and be appropriately utilized.
- Medications will not be returned with student. An authorized adult can pick up medication at the school clinic. Any medication not picked up at the end of current school year will be disposed of prior to Summer break.
- All medication given at school must be approved by the FDA and prescribed in the United States.
A lateral curvature of the spine. This disorder affects at least 600,000 young people between the ages of 10-15 years. When detected and treated early the curvature and the majority of deformities can be stopped or prevented. The screening is not diagnostic in nature, but does provide information for referral for medical attention. State law requires that all ninth grade students be screened for scoliosis, exempt only by a physician’s written result of this examination, on file, in the school clinic. Hauke students will be screened in late January or early February.
What is West Nile virus?
West Nile virus is an arthropod-borne virus (arbovirus) most commonly spread by infected mosquitoes. West Nile virus can cause febrile illness, encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) or meningitis (inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord).
West Nile virus transmission has been documented in Europe and the Middle East, Africa, India, parts of Asia, and Australia. It was first detected in North America in 1999, and has since spread across the continental United States and Canada.
What are the symptoms of West Nile virus disease?
No symptoms in most people. Most people (70-80%) who become infected with West Nile virus do not develop any symptoms.
Febrile illness in some people. About 1 in 5 people who are infected will develop a fever with other symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash. Most people with this type of West Nile virus disease recover completely, but fatigue and weakness can last for weeks or months.
Severe symptoms in a few people. Less than 1% of people who are infected will develop a serious neurologic illness such as encephalitis or meningitis (inflammation of the brain or surrounding tissues). The symptoms of neurologic illness can include headache, high fever, neck stiffness, disorientation, coma, tremors, seizures, or paralysis.
Recovery from severe disease may take several weeks or months. Some of the neurologic effects may be permanent. About 10 percent of people who develop neurologic infection due to West Nile virus will die.
Is there a vaccine available to protect people from West Nile virus?
No. Currently there is no West Nile virus vaccine available for people. Many scientists are working on this issue, and there is hope that a vaccine will become available in the future.
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How to prevent Zika
There is no vaccine to prevent Zika. The best way to prevent diseases spread by mosquitoes is to protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites. Hereâs how
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
- Treat your clothing and gear with permethrin or buy pre-treated items.
- Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents with one of the following active ingredients:
DEET, picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol. Always follow the product label instructions.
- When used as directed, these insect repellents are proven safe and effective even for pregnant and breastfeeding women.
- Do not use insect repellents on babies younger than 2 months old.
- Do not use products containing oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol on children younger than 3 years old.
- Stay in places with air conditioning and window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside.
- Take steps to control mosquitoes inside and outside your home.
- Mosquito netting can be used to cover babies younger than 2 months old in carriers, strollers, or cribs.
- Sleep under a mosquito bed net if air conditioned or screened rooms are not available or if sleeping outdoors.
- Prevent sexual transmission of Zika by using condoms or not having sex.
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Flu season is primarily the months of November through March, but cases of the flu can be seen any time of the year. It takes approximately two weeks to build up antibodies against the flu once you get vaccinated so don’t wait until the season is upon us. Unfortunately, getting vaccinated does not guarantee that you won’t get the flu, but most likely it will not be as severe if you do get it. For low cost clinics that offer vaccinations contact your school nurse, or more information click here.