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Announcements / Observances
OCTOBER


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National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point.
The good news is that most women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early. A mammogram – the screening test for breast cancer – can help find breast cancer early when it’s easier to treat.
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a chance to raise awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer. Make a difference! Spread the word about mammograms and encourage communities, organizations, families, and individuals to get involved.
Here are just a few ideas:
  • Ask doctors and nurses to speak to women about the importance of getting screened for breast cancer.
  • Encourage women ages 40 to 49 to talk with their doctors about when to start getting mammograms.
  • Organize an event to talk with women ages 50 to 74 in your community about getting mammograms every 2 years.
https://www.cancer.org

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National Bullying Prevention Month
Many of us can look back at our memories of grade school or high school and remember that one kid that made it their job to torment us. It may have seemed like a rite of passage in the past, but bullies today are more relentless and have more outlets than ever to bully their peers. If left untreated, bullying can lead to consequences like depression, a decline in academic performance or worst. In honor of National Bullying Prevention Month, make sure to check in on your child’s well-being.

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National Dental Hygiene Month
October marks the annual National Dental Hygiene Month (NDHM). During NDHM, we would like to stress the importance of good oral health and doing The Daily 4.
The Daily 4
It is important to maintain a regular oral health routine. The Daily 4 breaks that routine into four easy steps that can be followed by anyone to maintain a happy and healthy smile.

Brush
Everyone should brush for two minutes, twice a day.

Floss
The proper technique for flossing is to wrap about 18 inches of dental floss between your two middle fingers, then hold about an inch taut between your thumb and index fingers and gently guide the floss between each tooth.
Rinse
Swish the mouthwash in your mouth for a full 30 seconds, then gargle before spitting out. You can also help prevent tooth decay by rinsing with water throughout the day after eating or drinking acidic or sugary drinks.
Chew
Chewing sugarless gum between brushings helps to keep your mouth clean throughout the day.
Source: http://www.adha.org/national-dental-hygiene-month

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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.
English and Spanish versions
Education provided from Children's Health Care of Atlanta
http://www.choa.org/Child-Heal
th-Glossary
 Immunization
Requirements and education
 Medication
School form, and common prescription information
School Health Nurse
+ Phibbs, Angel
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