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The Charlotte County Health Department advises you follow these simple practices.
Provide Services to Assure Optimal Student Success
Although parents hold the main responsibility for the health of their children, the primary mission of the Charlotte County Public School Nurse is to promote and enhance the educational process for children and youth by assisting them to improve or adapt to their health status. The nurse is located within the school to promote wellness and disease prevention by early identification of health problems that might interfere in the educational process. As provided in the school setting, health services include identification of health problems, preventative health, which includes education, health maintenance, health screening, necessary therapeutic intervention, and first aid.
Through nursing assessments and screening programs, school nurses will prevent or identify student health problems and intervene to promote the well being and academic success of all students. School nurses will assist parents and students in the management of health needs and the coordination of care in the home, school, and community.
The Florida Department of Health has released a statement in regards to the multistate measles outbreak. The following is a summary of the statement. To view the full statement and the visual guide they sent out please Click Here.
While there have been no confirmed measles cases in Florida residents, we have seen confirmed cases in visitors, some of whom were evaluated by Florida healthcare providers but not tested or diagnosed.
Measles is a highly contagious disease, transmitted by respiratory aerosols when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The virus can live for up to two hours on surfaces or in an airspace where the infected person coughed or sneezed. The incubation period ranges from 7-21 (average 10-12) days and an individual can pass the virus to others before feeling ill. The prodromal signs and symptons of measles include:
An erythematous maculopapular rash typically appears—behind the ears, on the forehead, spreading down the neck, upper extremities, trunks, and lower extremities (including palms and soles)—3 days after onset of illness and the ill person continues to be infections for about 4 days after rash appears. Rash may last 5-7 days before fading.
Complications from meales may include:
Remember, the best way to prevent the spread of measles is to ensure full MMR vaccine coverage in our community.
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HPV is the most common sexually transmitted virus in the United States. There are about 40 types of HPV. About 20 million people in the U.S. are infected, and about 6.2 million more get infected each year. Most HPV infections do not cause any symptoms, and go away on their own. HPV is important mainly because it can cause cervical cancer in women and is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women around the world.
The HPV vaccine is an inactivated (not live) vaccine, which protects against four major types of HPV. This vaccine is routinely recommended for girls 11 to 12 years of age.
The amendment to HB 561 requires that schools provide information concerning the relationship between HPV and cervical cancer, a vaccine is available which prevents HPV infection. It is recommended that it be given to girls before they enter grade 8 beginning with the 2008-2009 school year.
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Meningococcal disease, commonly known as meningococcal meningitis, is a potentially fatal bacterial infection that can cause severe swelling of the brain and spinal cord (meningitis) or a serious blood infection (meningococcemia). Teenagers and college students can help reduce their risk of contracting meningococcal disease by being vaccinated.
Staph (staphylococcus aureus), is a common bacterium found on the skin and in the noses of healthy individuals.
MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) is a specific type of staph which is resistant to antibiotics. Since 2002, outbreaks of a new form of MRSA have been reported among healthy individuals, particularly among athletes participating in contact sports. This type of infection is community associated, and is called CA-MRSA.
Early lesions often appear similar to spider bites. There may be soft tissue infection which presents as a boil, abscess or cellulitis. If parents suspects their child may have any of these symptoms, they should seek medical evaluation and notify the school if the child is positive for CA-MRSA. The child may attend school with the lesion covered.
MRSA is not a reportable issue for the Florida Department of Health unless there is a "cluster" outbreak. A cluster outbreak is if more than 3 students are found to be positive for CA-MRSA in a specific setting.
The very best prevention for CA-MRSA is good personal hygiene—especially hand washing—and not sharing personal items.
Effective SY: 2011-2012
Florida Statute 1003.22 requires each child entering a Florida school for the first time to present a certificate of immunization from a licensed practicing physician or the county health department prior to entry into school. All immunizations must be recorded on the Florida Certificate of Immunization (Form 680).
*The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention currently recommends the tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap) vaccine be given in place of the tetanus and diphtheria (Td) booster to protect children against pertussis. The Tdap fulfills the Td requirement for entrance into 7th grade.
It is our sincere hope that the information shared with you on this web site may help your child have a positive school year and achieve student success.
Beginning with the 2008/2009 school year, children entering kindergarten will be required to receive two doses of varicella vaccine. The light green highlighted area in the table indicates the year the two-dose requirement becomes effective. Each subsequent year thereafter, the next highest grade will be included in the requirement. The white areas indicates grades that fall under the one-dose varicella requirement. The one-dose varicella requirement started in the 2001-2002 school year.
Varicella vaccine is NOT required if there is a history of varicella disease documented by the healthcare provider in the space provided on the DH 680.
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Florida state statute 381.0057 mandates school districts to provide health appraisals for the identification and management of actual or potential health problems which include but are not limited to nursing assessments, vision, hearing, scoliosis, and growth and development screenings. The purpose of the screenings are not to diagnose, but to separate those screened into two groups, those with no apparent problem and those who need further evaluation to determine if treatment is necessary. Screenings will be conducted within the first semester of the school year. Students enrolled in 1st, 3rd and 6th grades will be screened for growth and development (body mass index). Students in Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd and 6th grades will be screened for vision deficiencies; students in Kindergarten, 1st and 6th grades will be screened for hearing deficiencies; and 6th graders will also be screened for scoliosis.
The possible identification of deficiencies during the screenings will result in a referral letter to parents requesting further investigation by a licensed medical professional. It is the parents' responsibility to follow through on the referral process.
If the well being of the child is at stake, and if repeated contacts with the parent fail to produce a response, the case may be referred to a Charlotte County Public School Social Worker for review.