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Barbara Lucas

Barbara Lucas

barbara.lucas@lodi.k12.nj.us

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The Flu

Being sick with seasonal influenza is miserable.

January is one of the peak "flu season" months. Respiratory illnesses, in addition to seasonal influenza, are common this time of year- but there is a difference and you need to be prepared.

Symptoms of the flu include fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit, 37.8 degrees Celsius or greater), cough, sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, and feeling very tired. Some people may also vomit and have diarrhea.

Keep sick children at home for at least 24 hours after they no longer have diarrhea or fever. Keeping children with a fever or diarrhea at home will reduce the number of people who may get infected. Keep sick children away from sibling and other family members by making a sick room at home if possible.

Remember to be vigilant about hand washing. Encourage your children to wash their hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub and cover their coughs and sneezes by using the elbow, arm or sleeve instead of the hand when a tissue is not available. Discourage your children from sharing personal items such as drinks and food.

It is not too late to vaccinate! Check Flu Vaccine Finder at www.flu.gov for a vaccine location near you.

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Important Notice January 2017.

Several schools in our district have recently been exposed to head lice. The following is a letter of general information regarding how to detect head lice and what to do if they are found.

Detection of a head lice infestation is usually made on the basis of finding nits (lice eggs). Mature lice are less commonly found as they shy away from light and can run fast. Nits are tiny, yellowish-white oval eggs attached to the hair shafts. As she deposits her eggs (3-5 per day), the female louse cements each one to a hair shaft, and unlike lint or dandruff, nits will not wash off or blow away.

You as parents are in the best position to find any infestation early. Do this by checking your child's head regularly: Have the child sit in a chair in a well-lighted area of the house. Use a comb or tooth picks to separate the hair in order to see individual shafts of hair. Give particular attention to the hair emerging from the scalp behind the ears, the crown (top) of the head and at the nape of the neck, areas of optimal temperature for head lice. Look for the nits—they will NOT slide off the hair shaft with gentle pressure. A mature louse is about the size of a sesame seed and is usually light brown in color.

Head lice move by crawling; they cannot fly (no wings) nor jump and commonly affect people with good hygiene. They are SPREAD MOST COMMONLY by head to head contact. Less commonly, they can be spread by contact with the child's personal items such as clothing, hats, scarves, combs, brushes or towels. Household pets do NOT transmit lice.

For more information go to www.headlice.org. This is a reliable web site published by the National Pediculosis Association (NPA).

If you think that you have found head lice on your child's head please notify the school nurse.

 

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