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Announcements / Observances
September

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SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS MONTH
Every year, thousands of children across America are diagnosed with cancer an often life threatening illness that remains the leading cause of death by disease for children under the age of 15. The causes of pediatric cancer are still largely unknown, and though new discoveries are resulting in new treatments, this heartbreaking disease continues to scar families and communities in ways that may never fully heal. This month, we remember the young lives taken too soon, stand with the families facing childhood cancer today, and rededicate ourselves to combating this terrible illness.
http://www.acco.org/childhood-cancer-awareness-month/

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September is National Head Lice Prevention Month
Head lice are spread most commonly by direct head-to-head (hair-to-hair) contact. However, much less frequently they are spread by sharing clothing or belongings onto which lice have crawled or nits attached to shed hairs may have fallen. The risk of getting infested by a louse that has fallen onto a carpet or furniture is very small. Head lice survive less than 1–2 days if they fall off a person and cannot feed; nits cannot hatch and usually die within a week if they are not kept at the same temperature as that found close to the scalp.

The following are steps that can be taken to help prevent and control the spread of head lice:

  • Avoid head-to-head (hair-to-hair) contact during play and other activities at home, school, and elsewhere (sports activities, playground, slumber parties, camp).
  • Do not share clothing such as hats, scarves, coats, sports uniforms, hair ribbons, or barrettes.
  • Do not share combs, brushes, or towels. Disinfest combs and brushes used by an infested person by soaking them in hot water (at least 130°F) for 5–10 minutes.
  • Do not lie on beds, couches, pillows, carpets, or stuffed animals that have recently been in contact with an infested person.
  • Machine wash and dry clothing, bed linens, and other items that an infested person wore or used during the 2 days before treatment using the hot water (130°F) laundry cycle and the high heat drying cycle. Clothing and items that are not washable can be dry-cleaned OR sealed in a plastic bag and stored for 2 weeks.
  • Vacuum the floor and furniture, particularly where the infested person sat or lay. However, spending much time and money on housecleaning activities is not necessary to avoid reinfestation by lice or nits that may have fallen off the head or crawled onto furniture or clothing.
  • Do not use fumigant sprays or fogs; they are not necessary to control head lice and can be toxic if inhaled or absorbed through the skin.

To help control a head lice outbreak in a community, school, or camp, children can be taught to avoid activities that may spread head lice.


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September is Fruits & Veggies–More Matters Month
Fruits & Veggies—More Matters is here to help you focus your attention on eating MORE fruits and vegetables! Add one more. Try something new. Educate yourself. Teach the kids. Try a new recipe.

The Facts
More than 90 percent of both adults and children do not eat the amount of fruits and vegetables recommended by the latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the MyPlate nutrition guide. But just remember two (2) thingsfill half your plate with fruits & veggies at every eating occasion (including snacks) AND all forms … fresh, frozen, canned, dried and 100% juice … count toward your daily intake!
http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/


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september is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
One in 3 children in the United States are overweight or obese. Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems that were once seen only in adults, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

The good news? Childhood obesity can be prevented. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to create opportunities for kids to eat healthier and get more active.

Here are just a few ideas:

  • Encourage families to make small changes, like keeping fresh fruit within reach or going on a family walk after dinner.
  • Motivate teachers and administrators to make schools healthier. Help them provide healthy food options and daily physical activities for students.
  • Ask doctors and nurses to be leaders in their communities by supporting programs to prevent childhood obesity.

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When to keep your child home from school
Please do not send your child to school if he or she has any of the following:
*Fever greater than 100˚ (please do not give fever reducing medication then send him/her to school)
*Your child must be fever free (without medication) for 24 hours before returning to school
*Vomiting (more than once)
*Diarrhea
*Multiple cold symptoms
*Frequent unexplained cough
*Persistent pain
*Fatigue that interferes with ability to function at school
*Unexplained rash

Thank You,
Chattooga County School Nurses

PLEASE keep parent/guardian contact information up to date



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Please remember to tell your school nurse
What your school nurse needs to know
To better help your child, please inform your school health nurse about any of the following:
*allergies (food, insect, environmental etc..)
*medications
*medication changes
*emergency medication(example:Epi Pen)
*medical diagnosis/conditions/medical need
*vision/hearing problems
*communication problems
*mobility problems
*special health care procedures
*mental health needs
*communicable illness
*health care needs that change throughout the year

*PLEASE Keep parent/guardian contact information up to date



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Health and Education
 Antibiotics
"Get Smart Know When Antibiotics Work"
information from the CDC
http://www.cdc.gov/getsmart/co
mmunity/index.html
 Assistance
Links and applications for:
Financial, Prescription, Medical, Vision, and Hearing Assistance
 Common Conditions
Education tip sheets on common conditions.
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Education provided from Children's Health Care of Atlanta
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th-Glossary
 Immunization
Requirements and education
 Medication
School form, and common prescription information
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