April 6, 2018

Seasonal allergy medication cannot be administered at school without an order from the student’s primary medical care provider.  If your student is prescribed seasonal allergy medication please remind them to take their medication at home as directed. 

FMI read the article below from the American College of Alllergy, Asthma, and Immunology.  In many cases allergy medication can be started before the symptoms become severe.  As always , discuss this with your student’s healthcare provider.

Which medications work best to deal with your spring allergies? And how much do you need to take to be effective?


Save the Dates !  
  • Tooth Protectors Dental Clinic at WHS: Thursday April 12
  • WHS (current studenst) Sports Physicals: Friday June 1
  • 8th grade sports physicals at WJHS: Wednesday June 6
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Tooth Protectors Dental Clinic at WHS Thursday April 12 During the school day.

Sports Physicals for current WHS students grades 9-11 will be Friday June 1 during the school day
More information to follow in May.

Poison Prevention Week is March 18-24
National Poison Prevention Week is just days away! Every day the Northern New England Center helps people across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, providing quick, expert treatment advice to people at home, school and work, as well as in-depth consultations to health care providers.

The best way to be prepared for a poison emergency is to have the poison center number handy:
Want to help spread the word about the poison center? Pass this message on to your family, friends and coworkers!
The poison center helps people of all ages
Poisonings affect people of all ages, from infants to people in their 80s and beyond. Some types of poisonings, such as medication errors, are common at every stage of life, while others are more common among certain age groups. No matter how old you are, be sure you have the poison center number, 1-800-222-1222, handy at home, work and school.
Brushing up on dental care
Following up on an item from last month, the American Dental Association strongly recommends brushing with fluoride toothpaste from a child's very first tooth

While some companies still make training toothpaste or other toothpaste without fluoride, using fluoride from the start is important to ensure the healthy development of your child's teeth.

Read more on fluoride and its effects on our website, and also see this helpful guide to children's dental health from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Planting the seeds of prevention

It may be hard to believe but spring is right around the corner! Are you planning your garden, or thinking of picking up some new house plants? Know ahead of time whether any of your plants may be harmful. Download our poisonous plants brochure for lists of some of the more common indoor and outdoor plants in New England, and whether they are potentially poisonous to people and pets. 

And remember that if you know what a plant is, you can call the poison center at 1-800-222-1222 to find out if it is poisonous. 
Northern New England Poison Center, MaineHealth, 22 Bramhall Street, Portland, ME 04102


Just a reminder, any student who needs to carry an epinephrine pen or asthma inhaler for any reason needs to have the appropriate form filled out by primary medical provider and parent or guardian. The Asthma and Allergy plans can be downloaded from the "Forms" page. 

All other medications during the school day need to administered by the school nurse.  The medication permission form may also be found on the "Forms" page as well.

I am happy to fax any of the forms to the student's medical office after it is filled out and signed by the parent or guardian.

Best wishes for a safe and happy school year!

Pat Endsley MSN, RN NCSN



updated 9/13/17

Epinephrine Auto-Injector Options

School nurses advocate for equity in access to care for all students. As the new school year unfolds, students and families want to know how to access lifesaving medication in the event of anaphylaxis. NASN requested information for school nurses to provide to families. The information below is current as of September 20, 2017

Options for Access to Epinephrine Auto-Injectors

  • Generic/Branded Epinephrine Auto-injector -  Adrenaclick
  • EpiPen Products: My Epi Pen Savings card 
  •                                Paying for Epi Pen
  •  Auvi- Q: Auvi Q epinephrine device is back (It had been recalled a couple years ago.) It delivers the same dose as the Epi-Pen but has voice prompts much like                 an AED to guide the person through the administration. Auvi-Q Affordibility
  • Good Rx:  Plug in your medication  and zip code to shop around.  Prices vary widely by pharmacy!  (Check out the Adrenaclick)















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