Friday, January 20, 2017
Winter Health and Safety Tips
Due to the recent extreme cold weather, Lakeland's school health professionals would like to share some winter health and safety tips with our Lakeland families. Children need extra attention to stay warm, safe and healthy when temperatures drop. Please review the tips provided.
Guidelines for Cold Weather Safety
Winter Safety Tips - Westchester.gov http://health.westchestergov.com/winter-safety-tips
Winter Safety Tips - NY.gov http://www.dhses.ny.gov/oem/safety-info/publicsafety/winter.cfm
Cold Weather Tips - NY.gov (NYS Department of Health) http://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/emergency/weather/cold/cold_weather_tips.htm
Winter Weather Health and Safety Tips - CDC.gov (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/
Frostbite and Hypothermia https://www.cdc.gov/phpr/documents/hypothermia-frostbite_508.pdf
ZIKA Virus Information
For information on the Zika Virus- please visit the following websites for the most recent information:
Summer Safety and Health Tips
Guidelines for Cold Weather Safety
Winter Safety Tips - Westchester.gov
Winter Safety Tips - NY.gov
Cold Weather Tips - NY.gov (NYS Department of Health)
Winter Weather Health and Safety Tips - CDC.gov (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
We wanted to share with you information we have received from the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) about the enterovirus.
The NYSDOAH is advising parents and health care providers to be aware of the signs and symptoms of enterovirus EV-D68, a serious respiratory illness.
EV-D68 is causing cases of severe respiratory (breathing) illness among children and other individuals. Such illness has sometimes resulted in hospitalization, especially among children with asthma.
What are we doing in our schools?
In our schools, we encourage frequent hand washing with soap/water or the use of hand sanitizers and have continued to instruct students and staff about coughing into the sleeve of one's clothing to avoid the spread of disease.
Currently, our custodians disinfect various surfaces twice a day including door knobs and water fountains. This is now part of our daily cleaning in all of our buildings. After school hours, our regular cleaning has been intensified on those surface areas within the classrooms, the cafeteria, and throughout the building.
Symptoms to Look For:
How It Is Spread:
What You Can Do Protect Yourself:
There is no medicine to treat for EV-D68 infections other than management of symptoms. Remind your children to:
These prevention steps are especially important for individuals or persons with family members who are infants, or those who have chronic health conditions or compromised immune systems.
What to Do If Your Child Feels Ill:
Additional Information on EV D68:
While there are more than 100 types of enteroviruses that commonly cause respiratory illness, EV-D68 is a less common type. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working with health departments in several states to investigate suspected clusters of respiratory illness.
The NYSDOH is working with the CDC and partnering with local health departments and health care providers to monitor the spread of severe respiratory illnesses in New York. Health care providers have been asked to report clusters or outbreaks of severe respiratory illnesses to their local health department or to NYSDOH. Additionally, NYSDOH has issued a health alert with information and guidance regarding EV-D68 to health care providers across the state.
For Additional Information:
The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu shot.
What are the symptoms of the flu?
The flu usually starts suddenly and may include these symptoms:
* It's important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.
If your child shows any symptoms of illness: temperature over 100° and flu-like symptoms (see above), please keep him/her home. Notify your health care provider if there is no improvement.
Children may not return to school unless:
During school, if your child is ill and/or found to have flu like symptoms, parents/guardians will be called to pick up student. Please have updated contact numbers on file. Emergency contacts should be local and available to pick up students promptly. When parents call to report an absence, please identify the illness your child is experiencing including symptoms. Absences should be called in daily by parent/guardian.
Below are links to websites and guides containing information about the flu and flu shot:
NYS Department of Health Seasonal Flu Guide
New York State mandates all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students attending public school be screened for scoliosis. Scoliosis is the abnormal curvature of the spine, and if left untreated, can cause future health problems. Click here to download more information.
Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a contagious bacterial infection that can begin like a common cold, but progresses to severe bouts of coughing followed by a high whoop or crowing sound that can last for weeks or months. It is primarily spread from person to person by direct contact with mucus or droplets from the nose and throat of infected individuals. For the NYS Department of Health Fact sheet on Pertussis please visit:
The Westchester County Department of Health has advised us that the best way to prevent pertussis or whooping cough in your child and others is to be up to date with your vaccinations. We are thus advising that you contact your family physician to check your or your child‘s pertussis vaccine history. The CDC, New York State and Westchester County Departments of Health recommend that all children receive 5 doses of a pertussis-containing vaccine by kindergarten entry, and that all individuals 10 years of age and older, including teachers and staff, receive another booster with a different pertussis-containing vaccine.
NYSDOH has a fact sheet on Pertussis and encourages all adults over 19 years of age who have or who anticipate having close contact with an infant should receive a single dose of Tdap to protect against pertussis and reduce the likelihood of transmission.
Pertussis Fact Sheet, click here.