HS Health Office Announcements
Flu Vaccine Information For Parents
Influenza (Flu) Fact Sheet
Flu or Influenza
What is the flu?
The "flu" or influenza is a serious disease. At times it can lead to death. It is very contagious and spreads in the U.S. each year, starting in the fall and continuing through spring.
The flu is caused by a virus and spread mainly by coughing, sneezing or close contact. Young children and older adults are at highest risk of getting the flu but anyone can get it.
What are the symptoms?
Unlike a cold, flu symptoms start suddenly. They appear about 1-4 days after a person is exposed to the flu. Symptoms may include:
How long is a person with the flu contagious?
You can pass the flu to others from 1 day before you have symptoms up to 5-7 days after you get sick. Some people might be able to infect others even longer.
Is there treatment?
The flu can be treated with antiviral drugs if started soon after you get sick. They will help reduce how sick you get and how long you are ill. Over the counter drugs like acetaminophen or ibuprofen may be taken to increase comfort. People with the flu need rest and fluids.
If my child or another family member has been exposed, what should I do?
Call your doctor or clinic for advice. Some people with a sick family member may be given an antiviral medicine to help prevent the flu.
Who's at higher risk for the flu?
Young children, older adults and people with weaker immune symptoms sometimes become sicker from the flu. This is also true if you have a condition such as heart and lung disease, asthma or diabetes. Having the flu while you're pregnant increases the risk of premature labor and delivery.
What are the complications of the flu?
Some complications include pneumonia, ear infections and dehydration. The flu can be serious and may require care in a hospital. Some people who get the flu could die.
What is the best way to prevent flu?
The single best way to prevent the flu is to get the flu vaccine. Everyone 6 months of age and older should get the flu vaccine every year. Flu vaccines cannot cause the flu.
Why do I need to get the flu vaccine every year?
New flu vaccines are produced every year to keep up with flu viruses that change rapidly over time. Antibodies to flu vaccine decline over time too – another reason to get a flu vaccine annually.
When should I get the flu vaccine?
Every year, as soon as it is available. It takes about two weeks to be fully effective, so it is important to get it before flu season begins, if possible. But, you can still get vaccinated through the spring and beyond. Even though flu season usually peaks in February, it can continue at least through May. Flu vaccine is offered at health care providers' offices, clinics and pharmacies.
What should I or my family members do if we travel out of the country?
Your risk for being exposed to the flu depends on what time of year you travel and where you go. In the Northern Hemisphere, flu season can beginas early as October and last until May. In the Southern Hemisphere flu season occurs from April through September. In tropical climates, flu can occur all year. Traveling with groups of international travelers, such as on a cruise ship, can increase your risk of exposure.
Travel and the Flu:
How can I learn about flu outbreaks?
The New York State Department of Health and the CDC track influenza throughout the flu season. For up-to-date information:
Learn more about the flu:
For more information about vaccine-preventable diseases:
New On-Line Sport Clearance Starting July 2016
NEW ONLINE SPORT CLEARANCE REGISTRATION COMING THIS JULY FOR ALL HIGH SCHOOL AND MIDDLE SCHOOL ATHLETES.
The Athletic Department and the Health Office are excited to announce that we will be offering the convenience of online sport clearance registration through FamilyID (www.familyid.com) starting in July 2016.
FamilyID is a secure registration platform that provides you with an easy, user-friendly way to register for our programs, and helps us to be more administratively efficient and environmentally responsible. When you register through FamilyID, the system keeps track of your information in your FamilyID profile. You enter your information only once for each family member for multiple uses and multiple programs.
IN ADDITION TO REGISTERING ON LINE, YOUR CHILD WILL NOT BE FULLY CLEARED UNTIL THE FOLLOWING IS ON FILE AT THE HEALTH OFFICE:
To view a completed registration, select the 'Registration' tab on the blue bar.
New Immunization Requirement for the 2016-17 School Year
All students entering 7th and 12th grade will be required to have two doses of the meningococcal vaccine for the upcoming school year.
About the Vaccine:
About Meningococcal Disease:
BMI Survey for 11th Grade Students
January 14, 2016
Dear: 11th Grade Parents and/or Guardians,
As part of a required school health examination, a student is weighed and his/her height is measured. These numbers are used to figure out the student’s body mass index or ‘BMI’. The BMI helps the doctor or nurse know if the student’s weight is in a healthy range or is too high or too low. Recent changes to the New York State Education Law require that BMI and weight status group be included as part of the student’s school health examination.
A sample of school districts will be selected to take part in a survey by the New York State Department of Health. Our District has been selected to be part of the survey, we will be reporting to New York State Department of Health information about our students’ weight status groups.
Only summary information is sent. No names and no information about individual students are sent. However, you may choose to have your child’s information excluded from this survey report.
The information sent to the New York State Department of Health will help health officials develop programs that make it easier for children to be healthier.
If you do not wish to have your child’s weight status group information included as part of the Health Department’s survey this year, please print and sign your name below and return this form to your school nurse.
Please do not include my child’s weight status information in the 2015-2016 School Survey.
Print Child’s Name Date
Print Parent’s Name Parent’s Signature
HS Health Office Announcements
Sports Clearance Packets for the season are currently available in the High School Health Office and on the District website. To download these forms, go to www.ryeschools.org and select "Departments"; select "Athletics"; select "Sports Clearance Packets." A new clearance packet is required at the start of each season.
Spring sport clearance packets cannot be signed or dated before (Monday) February 8th. ALSO, YOUR CHILD MUST HAVE AN UPDATED PHYSICAL EXAM, COMPLETED WITHIN THE YEAR, ON FILE IN THE HEALTH OFFICE.
Should you have any questions, please contact the nurse's office at Ext. 1930 or Ext. 1931.
Hand Sanitizer Protocol
In effort to keep our student body healthy, Rye City School District has reviewed the policy regarding hand sanitizer use. Careful hand washing with soap and water is the recommended method to keep hands clean and free of germs. We are fortunate that most areas in our schools provide access to sinks and soap. However there are a few areas that do not. One such area is the cafeteria. Therefore, dispensers of non-alcohol based hand sanitizers will be mounted in the cafeterias. Each dispenser will be labeled with the product name and ingredients. Only non-alcohol based hand sanitizer will be permitted.
High School Health Office Files
Health Appraisal, Dental Health and Immunizations, Tuberculosis Screening
New York State requires a Health Appraisal/Physical exam for:
*ALL NEW STUDENTS
*ALL STUDENTS ENTERING THE 10TH GRADE
*FOR ALL ATHLETES PARTICIPATING IN INTERSCHOLASTIC SPORTS
Medication Administration Form