April 18th, 2014

Welcome to the Health Room


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My name is Katherine Graff and I am pleased to be the School Nurse at Fernwood Elementary. My goals are threefold; to keep our students safe and healthy, to manage health problems as they arise, and to be a  resource and advocate for families in our Fernwood Community. To help me achieve these goals please keep me updated of any changes regarding your child's health and be sure to inform the office staff if there are changes in your emergency contact information.

To the left you will find links to information on things like Medications at School, Immunizations and How to decide when to keep your child home from school. I hope the information is helpful.

As always, feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Katherine Graff RN, BSN
kgraff@nsd.org
Phone: 425 408-4506
Fax: 425 408-4502
3933 Jewell Rd.
Bothell, WA 98012


FLU INFORMATION

This year’s seasonal flu vaccine protects against influenza viruses that research indicates will be common this flu season.   All children ages 6 months through 19 years are advised to get a flu shot. Two doses of flu vaccine may be needed for children ages 6 months to 9 years.  Contact your health care provider or pharmacy for advice.  The CDC recommends flu shots for all persons ages 6 months and older especially those at risk for complications (pregnant women, persons with asthma, diabetes and other chronic conditions). For more flu facts, frequently asked questions about vaccines and to locate a vaccine clinic http://www.kingcounty.gov/healthservices/health/communicable/immunization/fluseason

To avoid the flu and other communicable illnesses

Teach your children to wash their hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand cleaner, especially after coughing or sneezing.

Teach your children not to share personal items like drinks, food or utensils, and to use a tissue over their nose and mouth for coughs and sneezes, not their hands. They should avoid touching their eyes, nose, or mouth-germs spread this way.

Know the signs and symptoms of the flu. Symptoms include:

  • Fever (a temperature of 100 degrees F/ 37.8 C or greater as measured by a thermometer) or signs of fever (chills, feeling very warm, having a flushed appearance or sweating)
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Body aches
  • Headache 
  • Feeling very tired


Check your children before school and keep them home for flu symptoms for at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever without the use of fever-reducing medications (medicines that contain Tylenol or Ibuprofen). Children at school with flu symptoms will be sent home. Also, people at greater risk for complications should call their health care provider right away if they become sick to find out if they should take anti-viral medication.

Please update your contact and emergency contact numbers at your child's school and plan to pick up a sick child within the hour. Parents are advised to arrange for childcare now in case your child becomes ill and is unable to attend school.

To better track flu illness rates, when you report an absence, please tell your school if your student has "flu-like symptoms" (fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, chills).