King Elementary Nurse


Important Message For All Parents of 5th Grade Students!

Fifth graders need Tdap for entry into Middle School

In 2006, the Virginia General Assembly passed a law requiring all sixth-grade students to have had a Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (Tdap) booster shot within the past five years in order to enroll in middle school. Without proof of this immunization, your child will not be able to enroll in school for next school year.
If the last shot was administered more than five years from the beginning of the upcoming school year, please have this immunization done before the first day of school. If your child is not 11 years old by the first day of school next year, your physician may choose not to administer the immunization until after the eleventh birthday. Please contact your physician regarding this situation.
Shots may be obtained from your doctor, military clinics, or the health department.
Please send proof of the Tdap immunization to King E.S. clinic as soon as it is done.
If you have any questions, please contact your School Nurse, Denise Bennett
, at 703-590-1616

Important News from the Nurse

A friendly reminder: Medications must be brought in and picked up by a PARENT OR GUARDIAN ONLY. Students may NOT carry medication in their backpacks or belongings.

Should your student need an inhaler or epi pen in the clinic, please see Mrs. Bennett for the forms.
Information from the National Association of School Nurses on Head Lice: http://www.nasn.org/Default.aspx?tabid=623
Allergy and Asthma Network www.aanma.org
Info. on bedbugs 
www.cdc.gov
www.vdh.virginia.gov
www.doe.virginia.gov

Cold and Flu Season

The cold and flu are both respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different types of viruses with different symptoms. Use this chart to learn the difference between the two.

Signs and Symptoms
Influenza
Cold
Symptom onset
Abrupt
Gradual
Fever
Usual; lasts 3-4 days
Rare
Aches
Usual; often severe
Slight
Chills
Fairly common
Uncommon
Fatigue, weakness
Usual
Sometimes
Sneezing
Sometimes
Common
Stuffy nose
Sometimes
Common
Sore throat
Sometimes
Common
Chest discomfort, cough
Common; can be severe
Mild to moderate; hacking cough
Headache
Common
Rare
According to the CDC, the influenza vaccine is recommended for all people over the age of 6 months. Although it is not 100% effective, it is the best way to prevent a bad case of the flu. If you think you have influenza, contact your physician right away - he may want to prescribe antiviral medications to reduce the severity and length of illness.

As always, washing hands and avoiding touching the eyes, nose and mouth also help prevent the spread of diseases. Cough or sneeze into your elbow.

Guidelines for keeping children home

Illness or Injury Exclusion Criteria
Reasons for which a child may be sent home from school or for a parent to keep the child home from school.

1. Fever of 100ºF and over – exclude until student has been fever-free for at least 24 hours.

2. Conjunctivitis (pink eye), strep infections, ringworm, and impetigo are all infections and must be treated with medication for a minimum of 24 hours before returning to school.

3. Rash of unknown origin (especially if accompanied by a fever).

4. Head injury.

5. Severe coughing or difficulty breathing.

6. Colds – a child with thick or constant nasal discharge should remain home.

7. Diarrhea or vomiting – exclude until student has been symptom-free for at least 24 hours.

8. Stiff neck associated with a fever and/or a recent injury.

9. Inadequate immunizations with known disease outbreak in school.

10. Refer to the VDOH “Communicable Disease Reference Chart for School Personnel” for other exclusions/information.