MOC-Floyd Valley School

Nurse News

School Nurse Karina Nonnemacher and Ashley Van Voorst

ANNOUNCEMENTS

*Due to new OTC medication policy, you as the parent, may give permission via Infinite Campus for the school nurse and health associates to give certain over the counter medications at school. These medications include: Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Tums, Cough drops, and antibiotic ointment. When logging on to your parent portal in Infinite Campus, the ‘Health Questionnaire and Consent’ will be listed on the main page. Please contact school nurse Karina Nonnemacher for any questions about the consent and contact Cathy Van Es at the OC elementary office if you have not yet set up a parent portal.


~IMPORTANT~


INFLUENZA is contagious 1 day prior and 5 days after onset of symptoms. Per Dr and IDPH recommendation, and school guidelines, if your child is diagnosed with INFLUENZA, they are required to stay home through the 5 days of symptoms. If guided otherwise by a Dr, ARNP, or PA, we ask that you please provide a health provider's note for early return to school. Thank you for you flexibility, and efforts to keep all kids healthy.


Influenza Fact Sheet

https://wiki.idph.iowa.gov/Portals/3/userfiles/79/Information%20on%20Other%20Diseases/Influenza%20Fact%20sheet%20For%20the%20home%20final.pdf




(taken directly from IDPH site)

EPI Update for Friday, January 5, 2018 Center for Acute Disease Epidemiology (CADE) Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH)

Influenza widespread in Iowa, antiviral reminder

Influenza activity and geographic spread in Iowa are increasing significantly and 21 influenza outbreaks in long-term care facilities have been investigated so far this season. Outpatient visits for influenza-like illness were higher last week than last season’s peak, and about 25 percent of the over 2000 rapid flu tests done last week were positive for influenza. SHL confirmed influenza in131 of

158 samples sent to them last week; this is higher than last season’s peak week. Influenza A(H3) has been the predominant strain this season, accounting for 390 of 502 (78%) positive results.

Seasons when A(H3N2) virus pre-dominate are associated with high levels of hospitalizations and deaths among all ages, but especially the elderly and very young children. Thus, it is important to use antiviral medications, both for treating and preventing influenza. Antiviral treatment is recommended to start as early as possible for any patient with confirmed or suspected influenza who is hospitalized, has severe complicated or progressive illness, or is at high risk for influenza complications. Influenza antiviral medication can also be used as post- exposure prophylaxis in certain situations, such as during influenza outbreaks in long-term care facilities.

For more information on antiviral use for influenza,

visit www.cdc.gov/flu/professionals/antivirals/summary-clinicians.htm.

To view the IDPH press release, visit idph.iowa.gov/News/ArtMID/646/ArticleID/158197/Flu-Deaths-Rise-in-Iowa-1518.