Spring is in the air!
The following information is from www aaaai.org:
Spring is in the air, and so are billions of tiny pollens that trigger allergy symptoms in millions of people. This condition is called seasonal allergic rhinitis, commonly referred to as hay fever. Hay fever can affect your quality of life. It can lead to sinus infections, can disrupt your sleep and affect your ability to learn at school or be productive at work.
• Itching in the nose, roof of the mouth, throat, eyes
• Stuffy nose (congestion)
• Runny nose
• Tearing eyes
• Dark circles under the eyes
Depending on where you live, there are generally three pollen seasons. The start and end dates of these seasons, as well as the specific plants, vary based on the climate.
• Trees generally pollinate in the spring. Birch, cedar, cottonwood and pine are big allergy triggers.
• Grass releases its pollen in the summer. Timothy and Johnson, and Rye grasses are examples of allergens in this category.
• Weeds cause hay fever in the fall. Ragweed is the biggest offender as it can grow in nearly every environment.
Avoiding your allergy triggers is the best way to reduce symptoms:
• Limit outdoor activities during days with high pollen counts.
• Keep windows closed (at home or in the car) to keep pollens out.
• Take a shower after coming indoors. Otherwise, pollen in your hair may bother you all night.
Over the counter antihistamines like Clartin, Zyrtec and Allegra work well for seasonal allergies. The once a day dosage makes it easy to take regularly. There are also OTC nasal spray and eye drops (Zaditor eye drops work very well). Consult with your child’s pediatrician about what medication is best for them to use.
Remember, you can supply the school clinic with medications, including eye drops, for your child to use at school. If it is an over the counter medication, you just need to fill out and sign the Medication Form. It is available on the Nurse Page on the Pattie School Fusion site. Prescription medications require a doctor’s signature. As always, an adult must transport the unopened bottle of medication to school.
The Medication Form is at the bottom of this page in the folder marked Medication and Health Treatment forms.
Sanofi US is recalling a large number of the Auvi-Q (Epinephrine) auto-injectors due to malfunction. I have contacted the parents of Pattie students who have an Auvi-Q auto-injector at school and asked them to replace it with a non-recalled brand as soon as possible.
Here is a small portion of the recall notice and a picture of the Auvi-Q:
Sanofi US Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Auvi‑Q®
Due to Potential Inaccurate Dosage Delivery
Sanofi US is voluntarily recalling all Auvi‑Q® (epinephrine injection, USP). The recall involves all Auvi‑Q currently on the market and includes both the 0.15 mg and 0.3 mg strengths for hospitals, retailers and consumers. This includes lot number 2299596 through 3037230, which expire March 2016 through December 2016. The products have been found to potentially have inaccurate dosage delivery.
If a patient experiencing a serious allergic reaction (i.e., anaphylaxis) did not receive the intended dose, there could be significant health consequences, including death because anaphylaxis is a potentially life‑threatening condition. As of October 26, 2015, Sanofi has received 26 reports of suspected device malfunctions in the US and Canada. None of these device malfunction reports have been confirmed. In these reports, patients have described symptoms of the underlying hypersensitivity reaction. No fatal outcomes have been reported among these cases.
Hearing and vision screenings
We screen hearing and vision on all kindergarten students, third grade students, and all students new to Prince William County Schools. The Lions Club is utilized for some of the screenings. If a child fails the first hearing screening, he/she is rescreened a few weeks later. If they fail a second time, a referral is sent home with the student. At that point, contact your physician regarding any follow up they feel is necessary. If a child fails the vision screening, a referral letter is sent home and the parent is to follow up as necessary. If you are unable to afford an eye exam and eyeglasses if necessary, please contact me - I may be able to provide an exam and eyeglasses for you.
A parent may request that I do a hearing or vision screening at any time.
Reasons to be absent from school
Illness or Injury Exclusion Criteria
Reasons for which a child may be sent home from school or for a parent to keep the child home
1. Fever of 100ºF and over – exclude until student has been fever-free for at least 24 hours.
2. Conjunctivitis (pink eye), strep infections, ringworm, and impetigo are all infections and
must be treated with medication for a minimum of 24 hours before returning to school.
Please do not allow affected students back before this time so that other students are not
3. Rash of unknown origin (especially if accompanied by a fever).
4. Head injury.
5. Severe coughing or difficulty breathing.
6. Colds – a child with thick or constant nasal discharge should remain home.
7. Diarrhea or vomiting – exclude until student has been symptom-free for at least 24 hours.
8. Stiff neck associated with a fever and/or a recent injury.
9. Inadequate immunizations with known disease outbreak in school.
10. Refer to the VDOH “Communicable Disease Reference Chart for School Personnel” for
Tdap vaccine required for ALL sixth graders
Dear Parents/Guardians of Fifth Grade Students:
|Signs and Symptoms||Influenza||Cold|
|Fever||Usual; lasts 3-4 days||Rare|
|Aches||Usual; often severe||Slight|
|Chest discomfort, cough||Common; can be severe||Mild to moderate; hacking cough|
As always, washing hands and avoiding touching the eyes, nose and mouth also help prevent the spread of diseases. Cough or sneeze into your elbow.