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Health Updates

              

SIGN UP FOR THE

   BECTON BLOOD DRIVE!

December 13th

Anyone 16 yrs old and over may donate. Parent Permission required for 16-17 yr olds

Pick up forms and sign up in the Health Office

BE A TRUE BLESSING TO SOMEONE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON!

     

                                    FLU SEASON WILL BEGIN SOON!

Many locations offer the vaccine, including health offices, pharmacies, and clinics.  It can take about 2 weeks for the vaccine to reach its full effect, so get your vaccine soon!  Please check with your healthcare provider if you have any questions or concerns.  You may also check out these questions and answers .

 Please click image for more info on colds/flu!

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  INFORMATION FROM THE NJ DEPT OF HEALTH ON THE COXSACKIEVIRUS
        
            CDC INFORMATION ON THE ZIKA VIRUS                

 

Go to www.cdc.gov for more information

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FORMS NEEDED  TO PARTICIPATE IN SPORTS FOR THE

2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR

Please click here for Athletic Instructions  which must be read, forms to be completed, signed, and returned prior to the beginning of the student's participation in a sport. 

IN ADDITION : Please read the NJDOE Fact Sheet/Instructions for Forms - NEW below

which addresses the CARDIAC TRAINING MODULE required by all medical providers completing your physical form.

Athletic Physical Form

Sports Related Eye Injuries Athletic Permission Form
Athletic Banned Substance Forms NJDOE Fact Sheet/Instructions for Forms-  NEW Sudden Cardiac Arrest Pamphlet

 

Medical Forms

Seizure Action Plan Diabetes Information
Epipen Administration Form Asthma Treatment Plan
Scoliosis Refusal Form  
Medication Administration in School-Parent Permission   NEW
Self-Administration/Emergency Medication Contract (e.g., Epipen, inhaler, insulin)   NEW

 

    NEED HELP TALKING TO TEENS ABOUT MARIJUANA? 

Partnership For Drug-Free Kids has a FREE Marijuana Talk Kit  for Parents.Go to:    http://www.drugfree.org/MJTalkKit/     

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  LATEST NEWS FROM THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE

NIDA LATEST FINDINGS ON MARIJUANA- FACTS vs MYTHS

  New Pamphlet online with info for Teens

New Pamphlet for Parents & Talking to Teens


 

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IS IT A COLD? FLU? ALLERGY?

              WHAT'S SO BAD ABOUT SUGAR?

   The season is here for colds, flu, and allergies. Read up on the differences, plus info about sugar and sweeteners in the:

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 2014

(see below for more flu information)


Medical Forms Must Be Returned 

Any student with an inhaler, epineprine injector, prescription, or over-the-counter medication MUST have written orders and permission forms completed and returned to the nurse. These forms are required by State and School policy. Unreturned forms may result in your child not participating in some school activities.  The school nurse is not allowed by law to dispense any medication without a physician's order and parent permission.

Thank you for your help in caring for your student!


                                                       HOW GOOD IS YOUR FLU I.Q.?

There is still time to get a flu vaccine, but reminder-it can take 2 weeks before the vaccine takes its full effect. 

SIGNS and SYMPTOMS of the FLU ARE:

Fever (100-102, lasting 3-4 days)                    Chest discomfort, cough

Bad headache                                                  Sometimes a sore throat/congestion

Body aches and pains, sometimes severe

       Find out at :        http://www.flu.gov/individualfamily/about/index.html          

For more flu info, click on Keep Your Kids Safe

(for Spanish, click here )

  Ways to protect yourself from colds and flu:

1. When sneezing, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or the bend of your elbow (not your bare hands)

2. Wash your hands frequently, and avoid touching your mouth, face, or eyes.

3. Stay away from people who are sick. The flu is caught mostly from air droplets from sneezes or coughs, but also from touching contaminated surfaces and putting your hands near your face.

4. Stay home if you are ill. People are contagious one day before symptoms and signs appear, and up to 5-7 days afterward. Do not return to school/work unless you have been fever-free for 24 hrs without fever medication.

5. GET A FLU VACCINE

FOR MORE INFORMATION , and to find a vaccination locator , go to www.flu.gov   


  WHAT CAN MY HEIGHT AND WEIGHT RESULTS TELL ME ABOUT MY HEALTH?

Body Mass Index is one indicator of your health. It is calculated by using your height and weight. The result informs you of the approximate percentage of your weight that is body fat. For more information, and to find your BMI, please scroll down below to PHYSICAL HEALTH CHECKS


DENTAL CARE    

Good Dental/Oral Health is important to everyone's general health, as well as keeping that smile good looking :)!

If you would like more information concerning dental/oral health, please go to the CDC. There is also more info at the American Dental Association.

If you need financial assistance for dental care/orthodontal work, please see America's Tooth Fairy website , and the Smiles Change Lives site for more info and to find out if you may qualify for assistance. The school Health Office also has a list of a few clinics in the area.


  HEADS UP! Concussions in High School Sports

   The CDC website has great info on recognizing, treating, and preventing concussions in teens. A Fact Sheet for Parents and other info can be found at www.cdc.gov/Features/concussionABCs/ .


Attention Parents

Free or low-cost health insurance is available for New Jersey children!
Click here for more information.

IMPORTANT! Changes to NJ Family Care -Please Read


TEEN VACCINATION SCHEDULE

Vaccinations remain important during teen/preteen years, yet sometimes are neglected.

For information on vaccinations important for your teen/preteen, click on:

http://www.cdc.gov/Features/PreTeenVaccines/


  5 SIGNS YOUR TEEN MAY BE ABUSING MEDICINE

PARENTS ARE THE #1 INFLUENCE

What parents say and what parents do matters to their kids.  This is particularly true with drug and alcohol use, according to The Partnership at Drugfree.org. For ways you can talk to your kids and help them, go to www.drugfree.org .

6 PARENTING PRACTICES - Help Reduce the Chances Your Child Will Develop a Drug or Alcohol Problem (from Partnership at drugfree.org


FOR RECALLS OF PRODUCTS, FOODS, ETC., go to  http://www.recalls.gov/recent.html 

Websites of interest from the National Institute of Health (NIH):

http://medlineplus.gov - extensive patient education info in English and Spanish

http://PHPartners.org - provides links to key public health info in areas as bioterrorism, legislation, HIV/AIDS, workforce development, nutrition, environmental health

http://householdproducts.nlm.nih.gov/ - safety info for over 4,000 brands used in and out of the home.

toxtown.nlm.nih.gov   - guide to common toxic substances in everyday places

  ghr.nlm.nih.gov - info about diseases that run in families.

    

PHYSICAL HEALTH CHECK 

Height and weight are often used to determine Body Mass Index (BMI). This is an indirect measure of body fat, and BMI is used to help determine one's overall health.  If you or your student wish to learn more about BMI and calculate your BMI, you can go to the CDC website, Healthy Weight-It's Not a Diet-It's a Lifestyle/About BMI for Children and Teens.

For more information, you may also go to http://health.nih.gov/ , http://www.choosemyplate.gov/ , http://fnic.nal.usda.gov/ .

For information on diet, nutrition, and help with weight loss go to Calorie King .

  **** NEED HELP WITH HEALTHCARE COVERAGE?****

For information on available State healthcare coverage, and other resources, go to:

www.njfamilycare.org      OR     call 1-800-701-0710

  Bergen County CHIP Access to Health Care

ASTHMA WEBSITES
For more asthma information or forms in another
language:  www.pacnj.org

Center for Disease Control:   http://www.cdc.gov/


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