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Nursing and Health Services

The Nursing and Health Services Department is dedicated to serving students, families, and staff by advocating, educating, and supporting the whole child through comprehensive and evidence-based health practices.  We strive to ensure caring relationships where students can achieve their highest academic potential.

Start with Prevention:  Get Your Family Flu Shots

Flu season runs from October through May in the United States – with cases typically highest from December through February.

Because their immune systems are still developing, younger children (and especially those under five) are at highest risk. While all family members should get flu shots yearly, it’s especially important for children, and those who have chronic health problems like asthma, diabetes, or heart disease that put them at risk for serious complications from flu.

Children six months to eight years old should get a nasal spray vaccine instead of flu shots. Some children may require two doses – be sure and ask your health care provider if your child will need a second dose.

Recognizing Flu Symptoms

Flu symptoms are much like cold symptoms – but tend to be more severe:

  • Fever 100 F or above.
  • Cough and/or sore throat.
  • Runny or stuffy nose.
  • Headache and/or body aches.
  • Chills.
  • Fatigue.
  • Nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea (more common in children).

 

Treating Flu

Most adults and school-aged children will get better without needing medical treatment.  If your child or another family member has a serious health condition like asthma or diabetes, consult their health provider. Key home treatment includes:

  • NOT giving aspirin to any child who might have the flu; talk to your healthcare provider about medicine that is best for pain or fever.

 

  • Keeping a sick child or family member in a separate room; avoiding contact with healthy family members; and designating one person as the caretaker. The caretaker should not be pregnant or someone with an immune disorder or serious chronic condition that puts them at risk for serious flu complications.

 

  • Ensuring plenty of rest, and lots of fluids (water, broth, sports drinks, electrolyte beverages for babies, and Pedialyte® for children).

 

  • Keeping students out of school until they have been fever-free for at least 24 hours – without using a fever-lowering medication.

 

 

Seek medical care at once if any of these symptoms occur:

  • Fast breathing or difficulty breathing.
  • Bluish skin or blue or purple lips.
  • Dehydration (not drinking enough fluids).
  • Severe or persistent vomiting.
  • Being confused or not waking up or interacting.
  • Flu symptoms that improve – but then return with fever and worse cough.
  • Pain or presume in the abdomen or chest.
  • Seizures.

 

Learn More

The website www.flu.gov provides more information on symptoms, treatments, and news regarding this year’s flu season. 

 

For Disease Protection 

Handwashing can help prevent illness. It involves five simple and effective steps:  Wet, Lather, Scrub, Rinse, and Dry.  Visit www.cdc.gov/handwashing for more information on how this simple process can help you and your family stay healthy.

 

                                                  

  

 

 

Posted 10/3/19

A Back-to-School Health Checklist

 

Help your child get ready for a healthy and successful school year:

 

  • Schedule a school physical or annual checkup.
  • Make sure vaccinations are up to date, and get a copy of your child's vaccination record.
  • Update emergency contact information for your school and keep this current with the school.
  • Share important health and medication information with the school nurse and your child's teacher(s)
  • Make sure your primary care provider completes a management plan for any serious conditions; share it with the school, along with authorization forms for your child and/or school staff to administer medications.
  • Help your child synchronize his/her sleep cycle with the school day several weeks before school begins.
  • Choose backpacks that are lightweight, include wide padded shoulder straps and a waist belt, and adjust easily. Consider a rolling backpack for heavy books.

Posted 8/13/19

 

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Department ContactS

Toni McCallum, RN   
tonim@vacavilleusd.org
Department Chair
Padan Elementary School
Alamo Elementary School

 

Betty Ann Tracas, RN 
bettyt@vacavilleusd.org
Vaca Pena Middle School
Callison Elementary School
Sierra Vista K-8 School

 

Tammy Jee, RN  
amaraS@vacavilleusd.org
Vacaville High School
Preschool
Hemlock Elementary School 
Orchard Elementary School

 

Janet Sisco, RN 
jsisco@vacavilleusd.org
Will C. Wood High School
Country High School
Fairmont Elementary School
Cooper Elementary School

 

Emily Ascher, RN 
emilya@vacavilleusd.org
Jepson Middle School
Browns Valley Elementary School
Markham Elementary School

 

Julie Glade, RN 
jglade@vacavilleusd.org
Buckingham Magnet Charter High School
Ernest Kimme Charter Academy
 

Lori Furtado, Secretary  Lorif@vacavilleusd.org
707-453-7142