Amy Atkinson
NHS Nurse's Office


Mobile Dentist--Smile Program

The Mobile Dentist Smiles Program is coming to NES on March 10, 2016.  This program provides preventive services to our participating students, such as dental screenings, cleanings, flouride treatments, X-Rays, and sealants.  Students will also receive a FREE toothbrush!

Medicaid and Hoosier Healthwise cover 100% of the cost.  Private dental insurance and private payment is also accepted.

If you would like your NMS/NHS student to participate in this screening, please request a permission form or download and complete the one listed below.  Completed permission forms should be returned to me by Friday, February 12, 2016.  I would also like for you to email me permission to transport your student to the NES building on that day.

For questions please call Terri Carter, RN at 765-847-2595. 


ATTENTION PARENTS OF JUNIORS!!!
Starting August 2014, all seniors will be required to receive an additional dose of the meningitis vaccine BEFORE starting school in the fall.

Please schedule those appointments NOW so that your student will be fully immunized by the first day of school.

I will be sending reminders home as this semester progresses.

Thanks,
Mrs. Carter, RN

Changes in Immunizations Required for Jr-Sr High School
The following additional  immunizations are now required for all students in grades 6-12:
  • Tdap vaccine given on or after 10th birthday
  • 1 dose of Menactra (meningitis vaccine)
  • 2 doses of Varicella vaccine (if no history of chickenpox disease)

Starting in the fall of 2014, it is required that all seniors also get a meningitis booster vaccine.

All immunizations must be up-to-date by the first day of the school year.  Please make appointments early to ensure that your student is fully immunized before school starts in the fall. Students with incomplete immunizations may be subject to exclusion until immunizations are complete.


Immunizations may be given by your healthcare provider.  Please send a copy of your child's immunization record to the school nurse.

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Medication at School

Every attempt should be made to administer all medication at home. In the event medication does need to be given at school, guidelines must be followed. A medication permit (signed according to guildelines) MUST be on file for ANY medication, including but not limited to, inhalers, cough drops, and pain relievers, given OR carried to school.  See "Medication Permit" below.  A new permit is required for each school year.

The nurse does NOT stock any medication for student use, including pain or fever reliever or cough drops. You must send it in the original container, labeled with student's name, to be kept in the nurse's office.


Emergency Contact Information
Please remember to notify the school with changes in your phone numbers, as well as emergency contact information. In the event of an emergency, we need to be able to contact you as soon as possible. Incorrect numbers can delay this.

January Health News
January is National Blood Donor Month

Why Donate Blood? 

A blood donation truly is a “gift of life” that a healthy individual can give to others in their community who are sick or injured. In one hour’s time, a person can donate one unit of blood that can be separated into four individual components that could help save multiple lives.

From one unit of blood, red blood cells can be extracted for use in trauma or surgical patients. Plasma, the liquid part of blood, is administered to patients with clotting problems. The third component of blood, platelets, clot the blood when cuts or other open wounds occur, and are often used in cancer and transplant patients. Cryoprecipitated anti-hemophilic factor (AHF) is also used for clotting factors.

In a recent study supported by the National Blood Foundation (TRANSFUSION 2002;42:122S), more than 5,000 individuals who were current blood donors at the time or who had given blood in the past were asked why they donate blood. Nearly three-quarters of the respondents said that they give blood to help others. Respondents also said that giving blood makes them feel good about themselves; supports their local communities and hospitals; supports their community culture; and “pays back” society for the times when they or their families have needed blood transfusions in the past.

For information about donating blood, click here.


February Health News

February is Heart Month and Dental Month!

What is heart disease?

Heart disease – also called cardiovascular disease – is a simple term used to describe several problems related to plaque buildup in the walls of the arteries, or atherosclerosis. As the plaque builds up, the arteries narrow, making it more difficult for blood to flow and creating a risk for heart attack or stroke.

Other types of heart disease include heart failure, an irregular heartbeat – or arrhythmia – and heart valve problems. To learn more about heart disease and conditions that can lead to heart attack or stroke, click here.

To do your own life check assessment, click here.

 On National Wear Red Day®, Americans will wear red to show their support for women's heart health. This observance promotes the Red Dress symbol and provides an opportunity for everyone to unite in The Heart Truth's® life-saving awareness-to-action movement by putting on a favorite red dress, red shirt, red tie, or Red Dress Pin. Together, we will continue to urge women to protect their hearts, as heart disease is the #1 killer of women.

American Heart Month - Go red!
Dental Health

Although tooth decay has declined among young children as a group, it can still be a problem for individual children, and even teens and adults. That’s because plaque, a sticky film of bacteria, constantly forms on your teeth. When you eat or drink foods containing sugars or starches, the bacteria in plaque produce acids that attack tooth enamel. The stickiness of the plaque keeps these acids in contact with your teeth and after many such attacks, the enamel can break down and a cavity forms.  To learn more about dental health, click here


March Health News
March is National Nutrition Month
Making the right food and nutrition choices is a necessary part of daily life—but finding the best and most accurate information can be confusing. However, it is possible to develop a plan for healthy eating, and plans that emphasize a balance of foods, like those based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, can promote positive lifestyle changes. An understanding of what is in the food we eat is essential for allowing all foods to fit into an eating plan—as long as they are consumed in moderation and combined with regular physical activity.

For 25 Healthy Snack Tips for Kids, click here.

March is also National Poison Prevention Month
If you think someone has been poisoned from a medicine or household chemical, call 1-800-222-1222 for your Poison Control Center. This national toll-free number works from anyplace in the United States - 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week. Keep the number on your phone. It will connect you to a poison control center. There are currently 61 Poison Centers across the country that maintain information for the doctor or the public on recommended treatment for the ingestion of household products and medicines. They are familiar with the toxicity (how poisonous it is) of most substances found in the home or know how to find this information.


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April Health News
National Alcohol Awareness Month

Alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in the United States- 17.6 million people, or one in every 12 adults, suffer from alcohol abuse or dependence along with several million more who engage in risky, binge drinking patterns that could lead to alcohol problems.  More than half of all adults have a family history of alcoholism or problem drinking, and more than 7 million children live in a household where at least one parent is dependent on or has abused alcohol.

As parents, we need to be involved to help prevent drug and alcohol problems in our children.  For tips for prevention, click here.

Alcohol Awareness Month - Take a day off from drinking this week

National STD Awareness Month


By the age 25, half of all youth will have acquired one or more infections. That’s more than 9 million youth with a sexually transmitted infection. 

Young people aged 15-24 represent only a quarter of the sexually active population. Yet they have almost half of all sexually transmitted infections (STIs) out there! Let’s take a look at which sexually transmitted infections affect youth most.

  • Young people aged 13-24 represented 14% of persons living with HIV/AIDS in 2006.
  • Young people aged 15-19 account for 40% of chlamydia cases.
  • One in five men and women will become infected with genital herpes by the time they reach adulthood.
  • Males 20-24 have the highest rates of gonorrhea.

Know that many STDs/STIs can be "silent," causing no noticeable symptoms in men or women. Also know that some STD/STIs may not be detectable through testing for anywhere from a few weeks to a few months, so talk to your healthcare provider about the appropriate time to get tested.

The best way to prevent obtaining a STD is by practicing abstinence.  For more tips on prevention, click here.  As teens, you should talk to your parent(s) about your questions.  Although the subject may be embarrassing, your parents are your best advocate!
National HIV Testing Day

May Health News

National Mental Health Month

Teens need adult guidance more than ever to understand all the emotional and physical changes they are experiencing. When teens’ moods disrupt their ability to function on a day-to-day basis, it may indicate a serious emotional or mental disorder that needs attention — adolescent depression. Parents or caregivers must take action.

To learn more, click here.

National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month

Parent-child communication about sex can help young people to gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to protect themselves when they do become sexually active.  Research shows that young people who spoke with their parents about condoms and contraception before they became sexually active were more likely to use protection when they did become sexually active.  Further research shows that talking about sex does not cause young people to become sexually active.

To learn if you are an "askable" parent, click here


Summer Health News
June and July are Fireworks Safety Month.

Here's some information from The National Council on Fireworks Safety...

Safety Tips For Handling Consumer Fireworks

  • Always purchase fireworks from a reliable source.
  • Use fireworks as directed on consumer product safety label; never alter products.
  • Observe local laws and use good COMMON SENSE.
  • Have a designated shooter to organize and shoot your family show.
  • A responsible ADULT should supervise all firework activities.
  • Parents should not allow young children to handle or use fireworks.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.   Save your alcohol for after the show.
  • Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; AWAY from buildings and vehicles.
  • NEVER carry fireworks in your POCKET.
  • Wear safety glasses whenever using fireworks.
  • Always have water ready if you are shooting fireworks.
  • Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
  • Never relight a “dud” firework.  Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Soak spent fireworks with water before placing them in an outdoor trash can.
  • Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.
To test your Firework Safety knowledge, click here.

SUMMER AND EYE SAFETY

We all use sunscreen to protect our skin during the warmer months, but don't forget to protect your eyes as well. Summertime means more time spent outdoors, and studies show that exposure to bright sunlight may increase the risk of developing cataractsage-related macular degenerationand growths on the eye, including cancer. The same risk applies when using tanning beds, so be sure to protect your eyes from indoor UV light as well.

Here are some tips to prevent eye injury...
  • Wear sunglasses labeled “100% UV protection".
  • Wear a hat.
  • Remember the kids: It’s best to keep children out of direct sunlight during the middle of the day.
  • Know that clouds don’t block UV light.
  • Be extra careful in UV-intense conditions.
By embracing these simple tips you and your family can enjoy the summer sun safely while protecting your vision.

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August Health News
August is National Immunization Awareness Month.

Certain immunizations are required, by Indiana State law, for students.  For answers to questions or to learn more about immunizations, including recommended adult immunizations or those needed for travel abroad, go to http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines

National Immunization Awareness Month

September Health News
September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

Childhood obesity is a rapidly growing problem in the U.S.  Research shows the following statistics:
  • Only 1 in every 3 children are physically active every day.
  • 80% of adolescents do not do enough aerobic physical activity to meet the guidelines.
  • Children spend more than 7.5 hours per day in front of a screen. (TV, video game, computer)
  • Since the 1970s, childhood obesity for children ages 6-11 years has quadrupled.  For those 12-19 years, the rate has tripled.
  • The typical American diet exceeds the recommended intake limit in 4 categories...

  1. calories from solid fats & added sugar
  2. refined grain
  3. sodium
  4. saturated fats

The President's Council on Fitness, Sports, & Nutrition encourages Americans to increase physical activity. Physical activity is any form of exercise or movement of the body that uses energy. Some of your daily life activities—doing active chores around the house, yard work, walking the dog—are examples. The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend 60 minutes of physical aerobic activity daily for children ages 6-17 (there are no specifications for those five and under), and 30 minutes daily for adults ages 18-64.

For more information about the President's Council on Fitness, Sports, & Nutrition, click here.

Another source of information is the America on the Move program.  Click here to learn more.


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October Health News
October is Talk About Prescriptions Month.

Consider the Facts:
  • Every day, 2,700 teens try a prescription medicine to get high for the first time.
  • Today's teenagers are more likely to have abused medications than a variety of illegal drugs like Ecstasy, cocaine, crack, and methamphetamine.
  • Nearly one in five teens (19 percent or 4.5 million) report abusing prescription medications to get high.
  • One in 3 report being offered an Rx or OTC medicine for the purpose of abuse.
  • One in 3 teens report having a close friend who abuses prescription pain medicine to get high.
  • One in 4 teens report having a close friend who abuses cough medicine to get high.
  • One in 10 (10 percent or 2.4 million) report abusing cough medicine to get high.
The National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE) announced the winners of thePass It Forward Video Challenge – First Place was awarded to Andrew Gonzales, a 2014 Pharm.D. Candidate, Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana for the The Rx Trap

  

November Health Issues

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month and Lung Cancer Awareness Month.

Diabetes
Approximately 8.3% of Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes.  Diabetes, if not properly controlled, can lead to other health problems such as heart disease, blindness, and kidney disease.

Symptoms of diabetes include frequent urination, unusual thirst and extreme hunger.  Other symptoms are frequent infections, blurred vision, and cuts and bruises which are slow to heal. 

Visit www.diabetes.org to learn more about diabetes or click here to take a free diabetes risk assessment test.

American Diabetes Month

Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is the leading cause of death in the U.S. among every ethnic group and accounts for 1 in every 3 cancer deaths. 

Symptoms of lung cancer may include coughing, shortness of breath, coughing up blood, fatigue, and wheezing.  Symptoms may vary depending on the type and size of the cancer.

About 87% of lung cancers are caused by smoking.  Even former smokers are at higher risk for developing lung cancer.  The longer a person has smoked and the more packs/day smoked increase the risk.

Quitting smoking is one of the  single most important lifestyle changes you can do to improve and extend your life, not to mention saving a bunch of money as well!    To learn more on tips to quit smoking, click here.

If you are a smoker, join the American Cancer Society on the third Thursday of November for the Great American Smoke Out and make a plan to quit!

Visit www.lungcanceralliance.org to learn more about lung cancer.


December--Safe Toy and Gift Month

December is Safe Toy and Gift Month!

Prevent Blindness of America reports that in 2003, more than 10,000 eye injuries occurred in children 14 years and younger which were related to toys and play activities.  Unfortunately, about 90% of these injuries could have been prevented.

As we celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah this month, please take extra care in choosing safe, and appropriate gifts.

To learn more about Prevent Blindness of America, click here.

 


S.T.O.P. (Stop Taking on Pounds)

Reid Hospital offers a weight managemnet program for school-aged children and adolescents.  By learning more about eating right, exercising and choosing healthy liefstyles, children and adolescents can reach their weight management goals.

STOP uses a family approach to weight management.  For 12 weeks, participants ages 7-17 attend weekly sessions with at least one parent or guardian.  With the guidance of these health professionals and the support of a positive environment, your child can become physically and emotionally healthier.

The program has an initial one-time assessment fee.  This charge will be billed to your insurance company or Medicaid.

For more information, call Reid's Diabetes and Nutrition Education at 765-983-3423.


Need Help with Food?

See list of available food pantries in Wayne County.


When to Keep Your Child Home
Many times it is difficult for parents to decide whether or not their child is sick enough to stay home. For important guidelines, click on link below.

All Students...Information about Meningitis
Please read the information about meningitis under "Forms and Info"!

Female Students...Information about HPV
Please read the information about HPV (under "Forms and Info") and the vaccine to prevent cervical cancer. Talk with your parents and your doctor to see if you should receive this vaccine!

Scoliosis Screening
Scoliosis screening is no longer required by the State. Please talk to your doctor or Mrs. Carter if you have concerns about your child.

Vision Screening
Vision screening will be conducted for all 8th grade students.

Walk-In Immunization Clinic

The Wayne County Health Department will hold a walk-in immunization clinic on April 21 from 4-7 p.m. at the Fountain City Wesleyan Church for current and incoming Northeastern students.

Vaccines are $12 each.  Medicaid and Hoosier Healthwise are accepted.  No one will be turned away for inability to pay.

Take copy of current immunization record.  Parent should accompany child.

Incoming kindergarten students, students entering 6th grade in the fall, and any other Northeastern student still needing immunizations are encouraged to attend this clinic.

Students MUST have up-to-date immunization records by the first day of school in the fall.  Those with incomplete immunizations will not be allowed to attend school after the first day until proof of immunizations is received.


H1N1 (Swine Flu) Information

Federal, state and local officials are closely monitoring reported cases of the swine flu virus--officially known as North American Human Influenza A (HINI)--in the United States.  It is important to remember that no cases of this flu in the U.S. have resulted in a fatality, and the symptoms for most individuals affected have been mild.

 Symptoms and how it spreads

The swine flu symptoms appear to be similar to the symptoms of regular human seasonal influenza, including fever, lethargy, lack of appetite and coughing.  Some people with swine flu also have reported runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.  The spread of this virus is thought to be happening in the same way that seasonal flu spreads, mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing of people affected.  Swine influenza viruses are not transmitted by food.  You cannot get swine influenza from eating pork or pork products.  Eating properly handled and cooked pork and pork products is safe.  Cooking pork to an internal temperature of 160 degrees F kills the swine flu virus as it does other bacteria and viruses.

Precautions to take

1) Practice good personal hygiene

*Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.  Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

*Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze.  Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.

*Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.  Germs spread that way.

2)Try to avoid close contact with sick people

*Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people.

*If you get sick, stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.

3)Get credible information

*Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:  www.cdc.gov/swineflu/index.htm

*Indiana State Department of Health:  www.in.gov/isdh

 


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