Winter News

SCHEDULING

The Vermont Principal’s Association now recommends annual physical exams for Middle and High School students. Please call us 3 months in advance to schedule these appointments. Most colleges require a physical exam, updated immunizations and a form signed by the doctor for first year students. Please bring your form with you to the appointment with your portion already completed.

VACCINE REQUIREMENTS FOR SCHOOL ENTRY

According to new guidelines, children entering kindergarten require Dtap (Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis), IPV (Polio) and now a Varicella (Chickenpox) booster. Children entering the 7th grade are required to have a Tdap and possibly a Varicella booster. If your child is attending a residential school, such as boarding school or college, Menactra (Meningitis) vaccine may also be required. Menactra is now routinely given after age 11.

MEDICATION AT SCHOOL FORMS

If your child will be taking medication at school, the school nurse will need written permission from you and the doctor. Advance notice for this is appreciated.

WINTER HAZARDS

Children who are skiing, snowboarding or sledding should wear helmets to prevent or reduce the severity of head injuries. When your children are healthy and the snow is right for sledding, it is important to teach your children about SLEDDING SAFETY. Some hazards to warn them about are rocks, trees, parked cars and fences. Especially take care to look for wire fences that may not be visible from a distance. Make sure the run-out doesn’t cross the street or end up on frozen body of water.

SUNSCREEN

The sun in the winter can be very intense. Please remember to apply sunscreen to your child’s face before a day of winter fun in the sun.

FROSTBITE

Frostbite is a result to overexposure of cold. The skin is very white and cold to touch. Do not apply extreme heat or rub the area. Raise the temperature of the affected area gradually by warming. The frostbitten areas may look like small lumps and may persist for a week or more. It is very important to protect the area from severe cold by keeping the area covered.

NOSEBLEEDS

Children generally have more nosebleeds than adults because the blood vessels are more fragile. Some common causes of nosebleeds are low humidity, cold and allergies, injuries to the nose, medications and blowing or picking the nose. To control nosebleeds, pinch nostrils together and hold for at least 10 minutes. Humidify your home, keep heat low in sleeping areas, apply Vaseline to inside of nose and drink lots of water.

FLU INFORMATION

The Centers of Disease Control or CDC has determined that both seasonal and H1N1 influenza viruses are contagious and spread from person to person. The symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue and in some cases diarrhea and vomiting. If your child has flu like symptoms, please keep him or her out of school or day care for 7 days or 24 hours after symptoms resolve. Most healthy children who have been sick with either flu in the US have recovered at home without being seen by a doctor. However, if your child appears very ill or has a fever that returns after being absent for a day or there is a significant change in his/her fever pattern, please call the office and speak with a triage nurse. There are some things which you can do to keep you and your child healthy. These include avoiding contact with people who are sick, frequent hand washing, covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and getting a flu shot. Seasonal Flu vaccinations are recommended for children 6 months and older unless the child has an egg allergy. Please call our office at 879-6556 to schedule a flu shot. H1N1 vaccine guidelines and availability are regulated by the CDC. Please feel free to visit the http://www.cdc.gov/flu/ website for frequently updated information.