Get your flu vaccinations, protect you and your family.
The CDC reports that 172 children died from flu-related illnesses and complications in the 2017-2018 season, 80 percent of whom had not received a flu vaccination.
Annual seasonal influenza vaccination is recommended for everyone 6 months and older, as vaccination remains the best available preventive measure for the spread of flu among individuals, families and the community.
Please help to keep our Central Heights community healthy, Nurse Debbie and Nurse Stefanie
Reference retrieved 9/20/2018 from: AllergyAsthmaNetwork.org, https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/index.html
per DG, RN
In accordance with Texas House Bill 1059 and to expand influenza immunization awareness:
Contrary to popular belief, the influenza season often lasts until mid-May. In a February 1, 2016 health alert, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that influenza activity is increasing across the country. Because the flu can have a significant impact on an educational setting, it is crucial that parents have access to flu information and resources year round. Even though most children infected with influenza recover with little to no complications, some cases result in hospitalization and sometimes even death. In the 2014-2015 flu season, 19 influenza- associated pediatric deaths were reported in Texas. No child should suffer like this: please encourage parents to get the flu shot for their children and for themselves. (Flu information on Campus Websites: Superintendent and School Administration letter sent February 8, 2016, from John Hellerstedt, M.D. Texas DSHS Commissioner and Monica Gamez, Texas DSHS Infectious Disease Control Unit Director)
Visit www.TexasFlu.org, www.ImmunizeTexas.com for more information on the flu and the flu vaccine.
Texas Minimum State Vaccination Requirements for Students Grades K-12
To access Vaccine Exemption information and requirements follow the
links below within the Texas DSHS website:
Zika virus precautions:
Considering all the recent rain we have had and mosquito season being in full force, the Texas Department of State Health urges everyone to follow precautions to protect themselves from mosquito bites:
- Apply EPA-approved insect repellent (Consider spritzing your child prior to coming to school).
- Wear pants and long-sleeve shirts that cover exposed skin. In warmer weather, wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that covers exposed skin.
- Use screens or close windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out of your home.
- Remove standing water in and around the home. This includes water in cans, toys, tires, plant saucers, and any container that can hold water.
- Cover trash cans or containers where water can collect.
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