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Welcome to South Portland High School Health Services Website. 
The purpose of this site is to allow families of South Portland High School students better access to health related information, as well as to offer the availability of printing out school required forms at home.  As always, I am happy to speak with family members about any concerns you may have - via phone, e-mail, or in person. 
Please feel free to contact me at any time.

A reminder to please return completed Annual Health Updates and Medication Permission Forms every year.  Some students have an  additional Allergy, Asthma or Healthcare Plan and it is critical that we have the most updated information about your child.


Current Health News

Pertussis Health Alert

This is a  reminder about the continued  cases of pertussis, also known as whooping cough, in the State of Maine and nationally.  Most coughs are the result of asthma, seasonal allergies &/or the common cold virus however, Pertussis is a highly contagious bacterial infection of the upper respiratory system characterized by an uncontrollable cough.  Pertussis is also known as “whooping cough” because of the “whooping” sound that is made when gasping for air after a fit of coughing.

Pertussis is transmitted from person to person when an infected person coughs or sneezes and tiny air-borne droplets, containing the bacteria, are released into the air.  Coughing can start 10-12 days after a person becomes infected.  The most effective way to prevent pertussis is through vaccination with DTaP; however, vaccinated children and adults can become infected with and transmit pertussis, but the disease is less likely to be severe.  Children and adults who are not fully vaccinated are more at risk for serious complications of the disease.

Limiting spread of infection is done through covering coughs, limiting exposure to someone’s cough, not sharing food &/or utensils and being up to date with immunizations.   You have to be with someone who is actively coughing to be exposed.  Anyone who is pregnant or immunocompromised,  share with your primary care providers any concerns you may have.

If your child has a severe cough which may include coughing to the point of gagging, vomiting,  or difficulty breathing, or a prolonged cough lasting 2 weeks or longer, please contact your health care provider.  

Confirmed cases will be treated with antibiotics and students may return to school after 5 days of treatment.

Remembering to cover your cough or sneeze and hand washing are excellent ways to limit the spread of infection.

Pertussis Fact Sheet and more information may be obtained through numerous websites including the National CDC Pertussis Homepage:  http://www.cdc.gov/pertussis/index.html



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Be safe on the roads! No matter what the occasion, no text is worth a life.

Share this important message with your family and friends 

As each of their heartbreaking stories are told, you will realize they all have a common thread. They died “all because of a senseless text message.




Headache Relief Guide
Headaches are the top reason why students go to the school nurse’s office and a major cause of missed class time.
Researchers at Children’s Mercy Hospital have just launched a tool that they believe could help thousands of local families and is also already getting international attention.
Students also learn that stress, eating habits, hydration and adequate sleep can also play a role in headaches.

http://headachereliefguide.com/learn.php

http://headachereliefguide.com/control.php


Texting Affects Your Spine And Posture

http://www.redorbit.com/news/health/1113283842/texting-impacts-your-spine-112014/



Antibiotics Aren't Always
the Answer




Photo: Woman taking young girl's temperature

Antibiotics do not fight infections caused by viruses like colds, most sore throats and bronchitis, and some ear infections. Unneeded antibiotics may lead to future antibiotic-resistant infections. Symptom relief might be the best treatment option.



http://www.cdc.gov/Features/GetSmart/














What Is The Difference Between A Cold And The Flu?

flu

You wake up coughing, sneezing and congested and feel like you don't even have enough energy to get out of bed. You're sick!


The flu and the common cold are both viral respiratory illnesses. Flu symptoms (fever, body aches, extreme tiredness, and dry cough) are more intense. Cold symptoms are usually milder and more likely to include a runny or stuffy nose.