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Although we have not seen any cases in our district, cases of the mumps are being seen in nearby areas.  Here are some things you should know:

Mumps is a contagious disease caused by a virus. It can be spread by close contact with an infected person. Mumps typically starts with a few days of fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness and loss of appetite, followed by swollen salivary glands. Mumps can occasionally cause complications, including inflammation of the testicles or ovaries, meningitis, or encephalitis. Most people with mumps recover completely in a few weeks.

Anybody with symptoms of mumps should isolate themselves and call their healthcare provider. They will let you know when to visit their office so as not to expose others in the waiting area. If a student has symptoms, the school nurse should also be notified, so that the school nurse and local health department can work to prevent additional illnesses. State law requires school administrators, nurses and other health care providers to report mumps cases to KDHE within four (4) hours by telephone (24-hour Epidemiology Hotline: 877-427-7317). Anybody who suspects they may have mumps should stay home from work, school and any social activities.

People with mumps can spread the disease before the salivary glands begin to swell and up to five days after the swelling begins. Mumps spreads through saliva or mucus from the mouth, nose or throat. An infected person can spread the virus through the following:

  • Coughing, sneezing or talking.
  • Sharing items, such as cups or eating utensils, with others.
  • Touching objects or surfaces with unwashed hands that are then touched by others.

In addition to staying isolated when you have mumps, you can help prevent the virus from spreading by:

  • Covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and put your used tissue in the trash can. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands.
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water.
  • Avoiding sharing drinks or eating utensils.
  • Disinfecting frequently touched surfaces, such as toys, doorknobs, tables, counters.

After the introduction of the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine, mumps became less common in the United States. MMR vaccine prevents most, but not all, cases of mumps and complications caused by the disease. Some people who receive two doses of MMR can still get mumps, especially if they have prolonged, close contact with someone who has the disease. If a vaccinated person does get mumps, they will likely have less severe illness than an unvaccinated person. Therefore the best way to reduce your chance of getting the disease is by being vaccinated with the MMR vaccine.

For more information about mumps, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/mumps/index.html 

 

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INFLUENZA ALERT

We have been seeing cases of the FLU at Spring Hill High School.  Here are some things you should know:

The flu is a contagious infection of the nose, throat, and lungs caused by the influenza virus.  Two types are Influenza A and Influenza B.

Signs and Symptoms

The flu usually begins abruptly, with a fever between 102 to 106°F. (An adult typically has a lower fever than a child.) The fever usually lasts for a day or two, but can last 5 days.

Other common symptoms include a flushed face, body aches, lack of energy, some people have dizziness or vomiting.

Somewhere between day 2 and day 4 of the illness, the "whole body" symptoms begin to subside, and respiratory symptoms begin to increase. The flu virus can settle anywhere in the respiratory tract, producing symptoms of a cold, croup, sore throat, bronchitis, ear infection, or pneumonia.

The most prominent of the respiratory symptoms is usually a dry, hacking cough. Most people also develop a sore throat and headache. Nasal discharge (runny nose) and sneezing are common. These symptoms (except the cough) usually disappear within 4-7 days. Sometimes, the fever returns.

Cough and tiredness usually last for weeks after the rest of the illness is over.

How Do I Catch the Flu?

The most common way to catch the flu is by breathing in droplets from coughs or sneezes. Less often, it is spread when you touch a surface such as a faucet handle or phone that has the virus on it, and then touch your own mouth, nose, or eyes.

Significance

Tens of millions of people in the United States get the flu each year. Most get better within a week or two, but thousands become sick enough to be hospitalized. About 36,000 people died each year from complications of the flu.

People often use the term "stomach flu" to describe a viral illness where vomiting or diarrhea are the main symptoms. This is incorrect, as the stomach symptoms are not caused by the flu virus. Flu infections are primarily respiratory infections.

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My name is Stacey Frank, RN and I am the nurse at Spring Hill High School.  Before joining the school district I worked at a local hospital for 12 years in obstetrics/gynecology and then I spent 2 ½ years working in home health. 

I welcome you to call or email me if your child has any health concerns that you would like to discuss with me.  I especially want to be made aware of things such as asthma, allergies, seizures, special diets, injuries or surgeries, or new medications.  Good communication between you and I will ensure that I can provide the best health care at school. Please browse the Health Forms page for medical forms, if needed.

Spring Hill High School has a medication policy that allows students to carry plain Tylenol or Ibuprofen in the original container for their use only.  For the safety of our students, all other over-the-counter or prescription medications need to be kept in the health office.

If your child receives any immunizations this year, please provide written documentation to update his or her health records at school.

Hearing and vision screening is done in the fall for all freshman, juniors, new students and students with a special need.  You will only be notified if there is a concern with your child's screening.

 

When Should Your Child Stay Home From School?

My motto is “You can’t graduate from the nurse’s office, so let’s get you back to class!”, but there are illnesses that require you to keep your child at home.  Spring Hill School District follows the exclusion recommendations as set forth by the Johnson County Health Department.  Please see JCHD Exclusion Recommendations (pdf, 47.96KB) for other conditions not listed below.  Please follow these guidelines:

  • Your child must be excluded from school if he or she has a fever of 100 degrees or higher.  Your child may return to school when he or she has been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing drugs.
  • Your child must be free of any illness symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, purulent eye, ear or nose drainage for 24 hours before returning to school.
  • Your child should also stay home for the first 24 hours after starting antibiotics.

If you have any questions or concerns, you may reach me at 913-592-7253 Monday through Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Looking forward to a healthy year, 

Stacey Frank, RN                                                                                       

Health Office 913-592-7253

Fax 913-592-2847

franks@usd230.org 

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