News from the Nurse
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Important Medication Information
The administration of medication in the school setting is a service that is provided to promote wellness and decrease absenteeism. When there is a need for a student to receive medication in school, safe and proper administration is essential. School nurses must abide by the Maryland Nurse Practice Act and other state regulations regarding the administration and handling of medication.
All medications are to be given to the school must be ordered by a person authorized to prescribe medication (doctor, nurse practitioner, physician assistant). Written parental consent is required foe each medication ordered and for each new order (even if the medication was previously given in school). Parental consent is required as part of the authorization. As with the medication orders, parental consent must be renewed each school year.
The medication container must accompany all medication to be administered in school. Medications should be brought to the school by the parent/guardian or responsible adult.
A cautionary note from your School-based Health Center
This is a busy FLU season !! You likely have heard much about it on the news and online.
Perhaps this virus has already been your own unfortunate personal experience! Whether you have been vaccinated or not, it would be good to know what may lie ahead for you this season.
This year most of Maryland’s influenza contains a lot of coughing, sneezing, terrible body aches, malaise and fever. We certainly want to avoid it, and if we get it, we don’t want our friends and family to become ill, along with us. To keep everyone on the same healthy track, the CDC has some great information that helps to answer the above question.
Here is a quick outline to help you navigate through the flu:
Flu germs: How long can they live outside the body?
How long do cold and flu germs stay alive after infected people cough or sneeze?
Cold and flu germ-laden droplets may remain infectious for several hours, depending on where they fall. Germs generally remain active longer on stainless steel, plastic and similar hard surfaces than on fabric and other soft surfaces.
Other factors, such as the amount of virus deposited on a surface and the temperature and humidity of the environment, also determine how long cold and flu germs stay active outside the body.
It's possible to catch the flu or a cold after handling an object an infected person sneezed or coughed on a few moments ago. Personal contact with an infected person — such as a handshake or breathing in droplets from a cough or sneeze — is the most common way these germs spread.
How to avoid the flu:
The best way to avoid becoming infected with a cold or flu virus is to wash your hands frequently with soap and water or with an alcohol-based sanitizer. Also avoid rubbing your eyes or biting your nails. Most importantly — get a flu vaccine every year. If unprotected by a mask, you should be 6 feet away from a known infected person when they are just talking/breathing. Contagious time is usually 1 day before symptoms appear, and then 5-7 days after wards. You can get it between 1- 4 days after exposure.
Tamiflu! Doesn't cure, but rather shortens and lessens severity.
If you take it several days into the flu, then it probably will have little effect.
Take as soon as you can after your symptoms appear. Best before 48 hours has lapsed.
Your Doctor can tell you if you have the flu, or if it is just another circulating virus.
The “Rapid Flu Tests” used today are highly reliable.
SCDC Answers from James M. Steckelberg, M.D.
Be safe, be well !