Health Highlights - November 2016
Posted on 11/01/2016

Nurse’s Notes
By Cindy Hudock, RN, BSN, CSN
School Nurse (ext. 205)
chudock@franklinschool.org

The flu season will be upon us soon. Here are “Five Fast Flu Facts” from the Centers for Disease Control:

  • Flu symptoms include fever, headache, chills, body aches, fatigue, dry cough, sore throat, and nasal congestion.
  • The flu is spread when a person who has the flu coughs, sneezes, or speaks and sends the flu virus into the air. The virus enters the nose, throat or lungs of a person and multiplies.
  • If you get the flu: rest and drink plenty of fluids.
  • Antibiotics will not cure the flu. The best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu shot.
  • In addition to flu shots, there are antiviral medications available by prescription from your doctor.

As a reminder the following infection control measures are to be followed:

  • Students need to be fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication before returning to school.
  • Students should also be on an antibiotic for 24 hours before returning to school if prescribed for an illness.


Preschool Parents: all preschool students must have a flu vaccine by December 31st. Once your child receives the vaccine, we need documentation from the Doctor for their Health Record. The Health Department has informed us that “Children who do not receive the vaccine by December 31st will be excluded until the end of flu season, which is March 31st in New Jersey or until they receive at least one dose of the influenza vaccine”. The Health Department will be auditing our records to be sure we are in compliance.

The Giving Tree will be in the Lobby during Conferences if you wish to pick an apple and provide a gift for a child. Please return all gifts to the Health Office or Child Study Team office by Monday, Dec. 5th. Thank you in advance for helping our families.

Please check your child’s Fitness Plan that will be with their report card. Included is a growth chart which will show you their height, weight, and BMI. A letter will explain the chart to you. Feel free to call me with any questions or concerns. Your child’s physician is the best person to guide you if you have any concerns about your child’s growth pattern.

National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week is Oct. 23- 29. The NJ Dept. of Health has a new childhood lead webpage if you would like information. The web page is www.mj.gov/health/childhoodlead.