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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

Dear Parents/Guardians of 2018 Seniors,

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Education have revised the Maine School Immunization Requirements rule to now include meningococcal meningitis disease. These changes further align Maine’s immunization rules with current national recommendations to better protect the health of all Maine people. Meningococcal disease is a rare, but dangerous disease that strikes healthy young people without warning. It can affect all ages, but teens and young adults are at highest risk of getting the disease.

The following changes are effective for the 2018-2019 school year for all students attending a public or private school in the State of Maine:

  • Two doses of meningococcal vaccine MCV4 are required for students entering 12th grade, with a minimum interval of 8 weeks between dose one and dose two. If the first dose of meningococcal vaccine was administered on or after the 16th birthday, a second dose is not required.

We are providing you with this information now so that you have ample time to schedule an appointment prior to the first day of the 2018-2019 school year.

Under the Immunization Tab, you will find the Frequently Asked Questions  on this new school immunization requirement.

For further questions, please contact the Maine Immunization Program at (207) 287-3746 or (800) 867-4775 or by email at ImmunizeME.DHHS@maine.gov.



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.



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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?

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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.