The beautiful fall colors are here and so is colder temperatures and soon the snow. My three main topics going into October are cold weather gear, the flu and recent mumps outbreak.
Please make sure your children come to school with proper winter clothes. They should bring hats, gloves, boots and snow gear everyday. Wearing proper gear will decrease chance of cold skin injuries and getting sick. If anyone has extra hats or gloves the nurse’s office can certainly use them for when children forget theirs. We go outside at temperatures at or below negative ten (-10) fahrenheit.
Flu season is also upon us and it is highly recommended that everyone get their flu vaccines. Influenza can make you sick for 10-14 days and cause many days of missed school and work. Complications can lead to hospitalization and, in some cases, death.
To make getting flu immunizations easier for children, I will be giving flu vaccines in my nurse’s office on the 25th and 26th of October from 12:30-4:00. I can vaccinate any child as long as they are a current Anchorage School District student.
Lastly I would like to discuss the recent Mumps outbreak in Anchorage.
As of September 20, 2017, there were 13 new cases of Mumps in Anchorage.
The mumps virus replicates in the upper respiratory tract and spreads through direct contact with respiratory secretions or saliva. So it is easily spread through coughing, sneezing and talking. People can be infected for up to 14-18 days before developing symptoms.
Symptoms often include puffy cheeks, or tender swollen jaw, fever, tiredness and/or muscle aches. Some people have no symptoms.
Potential risks from having mumps is sterility in males, encephalitis and permanent deafness. There is a risk to pregnant women. Death from mumps is rare.
The best way to have the highest probability of not contracting the disease is to make sure you have been vaccinated.
For more information contact your provider.
Nurse Jeanine Moorman