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Student Health

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Student health is important and Turlock Unified School District has school nurses and health technicians on staff to assist with your students' health needs.  On this page, you will find current information about the various viruses and other health concerns that may affect students. 

Measles

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Important Information on the Pertussis Shot Requirement

Whooping cough (pertussis) has been widespread in California during 2010.  The California Department of Public Health recommends that all Calforinians, 10 years and older receive a booster shot against pertussis (also know as "Tdap"1).  California law now requires students to be immunized against pertussis2.

For the 2011-12 school year only, all students entering 7th through 12th grades will need proof of a Tdap booster shot before starting school.

This requirement:

  • Begins - July 1, 2011
  • Can be met by receiving one dose of Tdap vaccine on or after the 10th birthday
  • Applies to all public and private schools
  • Does not affect student enrolled in summer school.

If your child, 10 years and older has not received the "Tdap" pertussis booster shot, please contact your personal physician or health department.  Tdap shot can also be obtained at the annual community seasonal flu clinics sponsored by the Stanislaus County Health Services Agency.  Getting a Tdap booster shot now will protect your child and meet a new school requirement that begins in the 2011-12 school year.  It is important to bring proof of a Tdap vaccine to your school nurse.

1 "Tdap" = Tetanus toxiod, reduced diphtheria toxoid and acellular pertussis vaccine

2  Exemptions permitted for verified medical conditions or personal beliefs.

N1H1 Virus (Swine Flu)

We’ve received some questions regarding the Swine Flu outbreak. At this time there are NO confirmed cases of Swine Flu in Stanislaus County. However, The Turlock School District would like to remind you that we can all take steps to stop the spread of germs. We encourage you to keep your children home if they are sick; remind your children to cough or sneeze into their elbow, not their hands, and remind them to wash their hands frequently with soap and water.

You can find additional resources on these websites:

Symptoms of H1N1 virus are similar to those of regular human flu and include; fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.  A significant number of people who have been infected with novel H1N1 flu virus also have reported diarrhea and vomiting.

  • Students and staff should stay home when sick: Those with flu-like illness should stay home for at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever, or signs of a fever, without the use of fever-reducing medicines. They should stay home even if they are using antiviral drugs.
  • Separate ill students and staff: Students and staff who appear to have flu-like illness will be separated from others until they can be sent home. The guidelines also recommend that they wear a surgical mask, if possible, while waiting to go home.
  • Enforce hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette: Students and staff should wash hands frequently, and always cover noses and mouths with a tissue when coughing or sneezing (or a shirt sleeve or elbow if no tissue is available).
  • Maintain routine cleaning: School staff will routinely clean areas that students and staff touch often with the cleaners they typically use. Special cleaning with bleach and other non-detergent-based cleaners is not necessary.
  • Encourage early treatment of high-risk students and staff: People at high risk for influenza complications who become ill with influenza-like illness should speak with their health care provider as soon as possible. Early treatment with antiviral medications is very important for people at high risk because it can prevent hospitalizations and deaths. People at high risk include those who are pregnant, have asthma or diabetes, have compromised immune systems, or have neuromuscular diseases.
 

Student Medication Administration Forms

In order for student's to have prescription or over the counter medication administered during school hours, the following forms must be completed and returned to your child's school office.

- Administration of Medication Request form (English & Spanish)

- Self-Administration of Medication Request form (English)

La autoadministración de formulario de Solicitud de Medicamento (Español)

Information about the Enterovirus D68

The United States has been experiencing a nationwide outbreak of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) associated with severe respiratory illness that has been especially harmful to children.  At the same time, you and your communities may also have questions about the Ebola virus.  To address both public health concerns, the U.S. Department of Education and our federal health partners have a number of informational resources to share with you. 

 

Almost all of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-confirmed cases this year of EV-D68 infection have been among children. Many of the children had asthma or a history of wheezing.  Many parents continue to be worried about the outbreak and want information about what they can do to prevent illness and protect themselves and their families.  The CDC has developed information and resources for parents about EV-D68. 

 

Below are CDC resources about EV-D68 developed for parents:

 

- Fact Sheet for Parents

- General Questions & Answers for the Public

MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staff Aureus)

As some of you know, there has been a growing regional, state and national concern regarding MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staph Aureus), a type of staph infection that may be resistant to some antibiotics.  Although generally harmless when recognized early, individuals with a cut, an abrasion or some form of minor skin problem may be subject to more serious infection if left untreated.

The links below are Parent Information brochures distributed by the California Department of Public Health on MRSA.  If you have any questions, concerns or further need of clarification please contact our Student Services Department at (209) 667-0887.