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Welcome to the Spring Hill Middle School Health room. Our goal is to keep your student healthy, happy, and in class as much as possible!

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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 

 


 

  The flu is making its round at Spring Hill Middle 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, 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.

Please keep your child home if they are running a fever 100 or over.  They need to be fever and vomiting free for 24 hours with out the aid of medications before returning to school.                 

Hand washing is the best preventative against disease.

Encourage your child to use the “Happy Birthday” method of hand washing: 

  • Wet hands with clean running water and apply soap. Use warm water if it is available.
  • Rub hands together to make a lather and scrub all surfaces.
  • Continue rubbing hands for 15-20 seconds while singing "Happy Birthday" twice.   
  • Rinse hands well under running water.
  • Dry hands using a paper towel or air dryer. If possible, use your paper towel to turn off the faucet.
  • Always use soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

If soap and clean water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub to clean your hands. Alcohol-based hand rubs significantly reduce the number of germs on skin and are fast-acting.

 

Please send any immunization updates to school so we can keep your students record up to date

Thank you for the opportunity to help keep your student healthy!

 

Please feel free to contact us with any questions. We will try to return any phone call as promptly as possible.

SHMS Health Room Phone # 913-592-7228 (SOUTH)   913-592-7170 (NORTH)

SHMS Fax # 913-592-5424 

Helen Kuttes, RN                                          Megan Bowman, MA

kuttesh@usd230.org                                     bowmanm@usd230.org

 

Here are some links that you might find helpful :  See Health Forms and Health Resources 

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