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Posted by: Athanasia Nassopoulos
Published: 1/24/19




Audience: Athanasia Nassopoulos, Health Services (Nurses), Homepage and Homepage

Parents and students can access lice information on the school website under Health and Safety. 

 

There have been a few cases of lice at York High School.  Please take the time to check your child for any signs and symptoms.  See information below from DuPage County Health Department.  

 

 

Lice (Head) Pediculosis Fact Sheet

 

Cause:  Pediculus humanus capitis, a louse. The life cycle of the louse is divided into three phases:

 

1. nits: eggs laid by adult females and are cemented at the base of the hair shaft nearest to the scalp, usually within 6 mm. Takes 1 week to hatch. Difficult to see but are oval and usually yellow to white.

 

2. nymph: hatched egg; resembles an adult but much smaller; matures in 9 - 12 days. Must feed on blood to survive.

 

3. adult: louse grows to about the size of a sesame seed, has 6 clawed legs, and is tan to grayish-white. It can live up to 30 days on the infested head and needs to feed on blood several times per day; it will die within 1-2 days off the host.

 

Lice infestation is most common in children 3 to 12 years of age. Girls get head lice more often than boys, women more often than men. They are found most commonly on the scalp behind the ears, at the nape of the neck. They are rarely found on the body, eyelashes, or eyebrows.

 

Symptoms: Itching of the scalp and neck. Look for:

*Crawling lice in the hair, usually few in number

*Eggs (nits) glued to the hair, often found at the back of the neck *Scratch marks on the scalp or back of neck at hairline

 

Spread: By direct contact with the head of another infested person. Indirect spread through contact with personal belongings of an infested person (as, combs, brushes, hats, scarves, bedding) is less likely but can occur. Transmission most often occurs among household members because of the close proximity of living conditions.

 

Lice do not jump or fly; they crawl and can fall off the head. Lice do not live longer than 48 hours off the head. They lay their eggs only while on the head. Nits which are more than ¼” from the scalp are dead or empty and will not hatch. Also, eggs do not hatch if they have fallen off. Lice do not spread to or from pets as they do not become infested. However, pets may carry the lice from one person to another. Avoid close contact with pets and refrain from permitting animals to sleep with household members during an infestation. Do not treat animals with medicines for humans.

 

Incubation Period: Eggs (nits) hatch in 7 – 10 days.

 

Period of Communicability:  Until treated with lice–killing medication, crawling forms of the louse are communicable; the nits are not.

 

Diagnosis: Head lice infestation is confirmed by inspecting the scalp and hair for the presence of nits, nymphs or live adult lice. Finding a nymph or an adult louse may be difficult because there are few of them and they move very quickly. If nits are visible farther than 6 mm from the scalp and no nymphs or adult lice are seen, the infestation is a past infestation and does not require treatment. If nits are discovered in the hair, but live lice are not seen, they can be re-inspected periodically for live lice. Adequate lighting should be used for the inspection as well as disposable sticks used to adequately separate the hair. A thorough examination may take several minutes.

 

Treatment: Pediculicides, either lice-killing shampoo or lotion, either purchased over-thecounter or by prescription (from a physician). Instructions must be followed carefully. Shampooing should be rinsed off over a sink rather than in a shower or tub, and with cool rather than warm water, to reduce skin absorption of the pediculicides. Do not use crème rinse before doing the treatment.

 

If live lice are seen after treatment, try a different brand.

 

For some medications, a second treatment is needed 7 – 10 days later to kill nits that have survived the first treatment.

 

Remove nits from the hair with a fine-toothed comb.

 

Wait 1-2 days before shampooing the hair but then shampoo at least twice a week for 2 weeks. Vigorously combing out the wet hair seems to slow down the lice.

 

Avoid over-use of pediculicides to avoid toxic exposure.

 

Prevention/Control:

 

1. Avoid sharing hair care items, towels, bedding, clothing, hats, and headgear.

 

2. Hang clothing in individual lockers or on assigned coat hooks. Hooks should be spaced at least 12 inches apart so that clothing does not touch.

 

3. Clean items such as clothing, furniture or carpeting that have come in contact with the head of the infested person in the 24 to 48 hours before treatment. Wash, soak or dry items at temperatures 130º F to kill stray lice or nits. Furniture, carpeting, car seats, etc., may be vacuumed. Items that cannot be washed can be dry cleaned or bagged in plastic for 2 weeks, by which time any nits that may have survived would have hatched and nymphs would be without food source. Pediculicide spray should not be used because the chemical exposure cannot be controlled. Nits are unlikely to incubate and hatch at room temperatures. Major cleaning measures are unnecessary.

 

Exclusion:  NOT NECESSARY

 

Lice infestation poses little risk to others and does not have a resulting health problem for the infested person. The person should be discouraged from having close direct head contact with others until the problem has resolved. Mass screenings, blanket notification to others of the situation, restricting use of safety helmets are not justified responses.

 

A parent/guardian/person should be notified of the situation at the end of the day and that prompt, proper treatment of the condition is in the best interest of the child and of his/her classmates/housemates and/or family. The person may return to the activities after the treatment is complete. The person’s head should be re-inspected 7-10 days later; if there is evidence of live lice or additional nits, the process of exclusion and treatment should be repeated. If the problem persists after the second treatment, a different product should be used. If the problem continues after the new product treatment, then a physician should be consulted for further advice.

 

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Posted by: Athanasia Nassopoulos
Published: 9/21/18




Audience: Athanasia Nassopoulos and Health Services (Nurses)

FDA In Brief: FDA takes additional action to mitigate shortages of EpiPen by extending expiration date for specific lots of medication

August 21, 2018

Media Inquiries

  Theresa Eisenman
  301-796-2969

“Many patients rely on self-injectable epinephrine products, such as EpiPen, to reverse life-threatening reactions to bee stings or other allergens for either themselves or for their children. We are doing everything we can to help mitigate shortages of these products, especially ahead of the back-to-school season. We’ve completed the necessary reviews of the data to extend the expiration date by four months for specific lots of EpiPen that are expired or close to expiring. We’re hopeful this action will ensure patients have access to this important medication and provide additional peace-of-mind to parents as the agency works with the manufacturer to increase supply,” said Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “The FDA remains committed to using all of the tools available to help prevent and mitigate drug shortages of medically necessary products used to prevent or treat a serious or life-threatening disease or medical condition.”

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today took additional action to mitigate shortages of EpiPen (epinephrine) auto-injector by extending the expiration date of specific lots of 0.3 milligram products marketed by Mylan by four months beyond the labeled expiration date. This change beyond the approved 20-month shelf life is based on stability data provided by Mylan and reviewed by the FDA. To help ensure patient safety, these products, which already have been dispensed to patients, should have been — and should continue to be — stored as labeled.

While product is currently available, multiple factors, including regional supply disruptions and manufacturer issues, have contributed to EpiPen’s limited availability in certain areas in the U.S. The FDA continues to work closely with Mylan on EpiPen production and supply, and also has been in contact with the other manufacturers of epinephrine auto-injectors, including Adrenaclick and Auvi-Q, regarding their supply as the school year begins since this is historically accompanied by increased product demand. The agency also recently approved the first generic version of EpiPen.

 

Mylan also has established a customer service number, which we have posted on the FDA's website, to help pharmacies and patients locate EpiPens if necessary. Information on supply information of other approved epinephrine autoinjector products can also be found on the agency’s website.

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Posted by: Athanasia Nassopoulos
Published: 8/23/18




Audience: Health Services (Nurses) and MaryAnn Patti
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Posted by: MaryAnn Patti
Published: 4/19/18




Audience: Health Services (Nurses) and MaryAnn Patti

York Community High School

Health Service Office

Room 154

630-617-2438  Fax 630-782 6594

 

 

 

May 2018

 

 

To the Parent/Guardian :

 

This is a reminder that you or your student must pick up his or her

medication(s) before summer break.  Controlled substance prescription medications must be picked up by a parent or guardian.  Medication that is not picked up prior to May 25th will be disposed of.

 

A physician’s order and the parent permission form to administer medication are valid for one academic year only, and must be resubmitted every school year.  Forms may be downloaded at elmhurst205.org

 

Please e-mail questions to: anassopoulos@elmhurst205.org or phatz@elmhurst205.org.  You may also call our office at

630-617-2438.

 

Have a wonderful summer!

 

 

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Pat Hatz, RN, MSN, NCSN                                              Athanasia Nassopoulos, RN

School Nurse                                                                      School Nurse

 

Mary Ann Patti

Secretary

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Posted by: MaryAnn Patti
Published: 4/19/18




Audience: Health Services (Nurses)

As we welcome your child to York High School in the fall, we want to take this opportunity to explain the health requirements for incoming freshman students.

 

Illinois State law requires that all incoming freshmen have an updated physical examination and proof of receiving all required immunizations on file.  The physical examination must be on either the state-approved certificate of health form, the approved form provided by some physicians’ offices; or on the form found on the district website, www.elmhurst205.org.  Please note that the IHSA Sports Physical form is not acceptable for entry into 9th grade.

 

In order for your child to be in compliance with the physical examination and immunization requirements, the following MUST be completed as directed:

 

  • All immunizations must be documented on the front or first page of the form.  The immunization chart must be filled in with correct dates and signed and dated by a physician, RN, or Medical Assistant.

  • The child’s Health History questions (yes/no questions at the top of the second page) must be completed, signed, and dated by the parent/guardian.  

  • The Physical Examination is to be completed, signed, and dated by the physician.  Please make sure that the physician has checked the boxes at the bottom of this page indicating whether or not your child can participate in physical education and interscholastic sports.

 

Please note:  Incomplete examination forms and incomplete immunization records will be returned to you for completion.  Your child will not be compliant with Illinois State Law until the necessary documentation is on file.  The completed physical form must be on file in the York Health Services Office by the 1st day of school.  Students who do not have a completed 9th grade physical and immunization record on file by the first day of school, will be placed on a list for possible exclusion.  District 205 will exclude students from school according to state law, at the minimum date set forth by the Illinois State Board of Education.  Once the student is excluded, the student will not be allowed to attend school, or participate in or attend any school functions, including athletic or extra-curricular activities, until the required physical examination and immunization documentation is received in the Health Services Office.

 

Please submit completed physicals to the York High School Health Services Office.  They may be mailed, brought into the Health Services Office, or faxed only to (630)-782-6594. During summer break, health records can be turned in at the York Main Office.  Do not turn the form in to summer school staff, counselors, hall monitors or coaches.  Please keep a copy for your records.

 

Students who do not have access to a health care provider may contact the DuPage County All Kids Program at (630)-782-7400.

 

If you have any questions please call the Health Services Office at (630)-617-2438.

 

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Posted by: MaryAnn Patti
Published: 2/20/18




Audience: Health Services (Nurses), Homepage and Homepage

Dear Parents/Guardians,

 

In accordance with the Child and Student Health Examination and Immunization Code, Part 665.240 (l) (2) any child entering the 12th grade shall show proof of having received 2 doses of meningococcal conjugate vaccine prior to entering the 12th grade. The first dose shall have been received on or after the 11th birthday, and the second dose shall have been received on or after the 16th birthday, and at least 8 weeks after the first dose.

 

Please discuss with your child’s medical provider to determine if he/she has received the two meningococcal conjugate vaccinations.  You are required to have your child receive this vaccination if it has not already been given.  The medical provider must provide the dates the vaccine was given, along with the medical provider’s signature.  You must provide the required proof of immunization to the York High School Health Office by May 15th, 2018 .  Without proof of this vaccination, your child will be excluded from school in the fall of 2018, as described in the School Code of Illinois and per Elmhurst District 205 procedure.  Students who have been excluded from school will not be able to attend any classes or participate in any athletic or extracurricular activities until the required proof of vaccination is provided.  

 

If you believe that your child is up-to-date with this immunization or if you have any questions, please contact the health office at 630-617-2438.

 

Sincerely,

 

York High School Health Services               

Elmhurst School District #205                        

 

 

 

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Posted by: MaryAnn Patti
Published: 2/20/18