Notes From the Nurse... "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." The two best and easiest ways to help prevent the spread of disease is to wash your hands frequently, and cover your cough and sneeze.
I'm Kari Dufur, the school nurse. I serve Whitcomb, Bilquist, Oak Grove, and View Acres. I work part time, three days a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
PREVENTION is key to staying healthy. There are 4 easy steps to take to help. 1) Cover your cough & sneeze. 2) Wash your hands often. 3) Stay home when you are sick so you don't spread germs.
4) Get the flu vaccines as they become available.
Pertussis is also known as "whopping cough" because of the sound after a coughing spasm. This serious disease has increased in the past few years. It is part of the childhood mandatory immunization schedule, along with tetanus, diphtheria, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (chicken pox) , and hepatitis A & B. Children age 10 and up need to get the Tdap vaccine to help continue the immunity. To find out more about pertussis and how to prevent this disease, check out the CDC website: http://www.cdc.gov/pertussis/about/signs-symptoms.html.
Vision screening has been done for all 1st, 3rd, and 5th grade students (October). Your child's teacher has the results. If you did not get a letter from me, the vision screening was fine. If you need help with obtaining an eye exam, please contact me. I may have resources available.
For dental needs, contact the Dental Solutions at the Wichita Center: 503-353-5663.
If you do not have health insurance for your child, there is a fantastic free resource available called "Healthy Kids". Call Northwest Family Services for more information at 503-546-6377.
My phone number is: 971- 563-8743 and my email is: firstname.lastname@example.org.