The RSU1 Health Services team is dedicated to providing students with the care and guidance they need throughout the school year.
Facts about Influenza
In Maine, influenza season typically begins in October and peaks mid-winter. In order to prevent serious illness that can lead to hospitalization and possible death in vulnerable populations, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that everyone six months of age and older get a yearly flu vaccine. RSU #1 is collaborating with CHANS Home Health Care for our flu shot clnics. You have many flu clinics to choose from here: http://www.midcoasthealth.com/wellness/flu/
What is influenza (also called flu)?
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.
Signs and symptoms of flu
People who have the flu often feel some or all of these signs and symptoms:
- Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches
- Fatigue (very tired)
- Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
*It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.
How flu spreads
Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, eyes or possibly their nosse.
Period of contagiousness
You may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick. Most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick. Some people, especially young children and people with weakened immune systems, might be able to infect others for an even longer time.
For more information on the season flu, please visit the CDC website at: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/upcoming.htm
There has been a lot of press around 'super lice'. Super lice are being described as a new strain of insects that are resistant to over-the-counter treatments. What experts are saying is that this is actually NOT a new breed of lice. When we use a product over and over again for insects, eventually they are just not impacted by it. For this reason, some lice strains are extremely resistant to the treatments we are using.
Lice is a nuisance, not a health concern. We know this is hard for some to hear. Lice do not spread disease. Lice do not jump or fly. Lice are transmitted with close direct head contact with others. Remind your children to not share hair accessories or hats. Also, selfies may allow for the lice to transmit from one head to another.
For more information please read this article from Education Week published online September 4, 2015:
Some symptoms of head lice may include:
- itching of the head and/or neck;
- a tickling feeling or a sensation of something moving in the hair;
- irritability and sleeplessness; and
- sores on the head caused by scratching. These sores caused by scratching can sometimes become infected with bacteria normally found on a person’s skin.
Parents/Guardians should examine their child's head, especially behind the ears and at the nape of the neck, for crawling lice and nits if your child exhibits symptoms of a head lice. If crawling lice or nits are found, all household members should be examined every 2–3 days. Persons with live (crawling) lice or nits within ¼ inch or less of the scalp should be treated.
For more information go to http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/parents.html
Health Service Announcements
RSU #1 is collaborating with CHANS Home Health Care for our annual flu shot clnics. You have many flu clinics to choose from here: http://www.midcoasthealth.com/wellness/flu/
Public Health Update
Morse High School and Bath Regional Career and Technical Center
Katrina Barter, RN, BSN
ph: (207) 443-8250 x1102 fax: (207) 443-8268
Bath Middle School
Health and Wellness Staff Training
Welcome to the Health and Wellness Staff Training. Here you will find mandatory and supplemental training modules to help maintain a safe school environment. Please be sure to submit all post tests as they serve to check your understanding of key concepts and verify attendance. For further information regarding content of the modules please contact your school nurse.
Please note that you will need to be logged in to your RSU1 Google account to view these documents.
(mandatory for all teaching staff)
(mandatory for all staff)
Diabetes at School
Medication Administration Training