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Nurse's News Letter
The Nurse's News Letter seeks to keep the education community informed of monthly health campaigns, events and awareness activities related to pediatric health, community health and school health.
In addition, emerging health issues in the community and population health trends will also have updated information provided as well as changes in school legislation and mandates related to school health or immunizations.



Author:
Jan Olson, MSNEd, BSN, RN

Jan is the district registered nurse serving all schools in Molalla River School District.  Jan has a been a district  school nurse since January 2014 and has 10 years prior experience in  public health.  Jan is a 2004 graduate of Linfield School of Nursing's  program where she earned her Bachelors of Science in Nursing and where she currently teaches as clinical adjunct faculty.  Jan earned her  Masters of Science in Nursing Education through Grand Canyon University in 2016,  she is a member of the National Association of School Nurses, the Oregon School Nurses Association and the National School Health Association; she is licensed with the Oregon State Board of Nursing.  Jan represents  rural school districts at the state level as a member of the Oregon State School Nurse Advisory Group (SNAG). 



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Influenza Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. For some people, flu is a mild illness that leads to missed time from family, work and school. For others, it can lead to hospitalization and even death. Every year in the United States, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications and tens of thousands die, including young children. For information on this year’s season CDC’s report on What You Should Know About The 2015-2016 Influenza Season Oregon’s 2015-2016 Flu Surveillance Data Symptoms Flu symptoms can last anywhere from 5 to 10 days, and include some or all of the following: Fever Cough Sore throat Stuffy or runny nose Body aches Headache Chills Fatigue Vomiting and/or diarrhea (more common in children than adults) Treatment Though the flu can make people feel pretty lousy, the vast majority of otherwise healthy people will recover from the flu at home with self-care: Rest Drink plenty of fluids Treat fever with acetaminophen or ibuprofen (do not give aspirin to children under 18 years of age) Stay home until at least 24 hours after you are free of a fever without taking fever-reducing medications. When to Seek Medical Treatment Use this decision chart to help decide when to seek medical care: English  Spanish Russian How influenza is spread Flu viruses are spread mainly from person to person by coughing, sneezing, talking or singing. Sometimes people can become infected by touching something with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose. Getting vaccinated, covering coughs and sneezes, and handwashing are good preventative measures. Flu vaccination Anyone, even healthy people can get the flu. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated. The CDC recommends flu shots for everyone 6 months of age and older. Where to Get Vaccinated Your doctor or clinic Pharmacies Community Health Clinics People at Risk for Flu Complications The following groups of people are more likely to experience serious complications from the flu that can lead to hospitalization or even death. If you have one of these conditions it is especially important to get vaccinated against the flu: People with chronic medical conditions like asthma, diabetes and heart disease Age 65 and older Pregnant women Vaccine safety Influenza vaccines have a very good safety track record. Over the years, Americans have received hundreds of millions of doses of seasonal flu vaccine. The discomfort and possible serious complications from flu are far greater than any risks that come from the vaccine. More about vaccine safety┬╗ Russian (170.12 KB) Spanish (162.1 KB) Everyday prevention To help reduce your risk of getting and spreading the flu, use these everyday disease prevention practices: Wash your hands vigorously and frequently with soap and water. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are OK if soap and water are not available. Cover your coughs and sneezes. Use disposable tissue or your sleeve, not your hands. Stay home from work, school or other places where there are a lot of people if you are sick. World Health Organization WHO Global Influenza Program WHO Disease Outbreak News Oregon Flu Hotline 1-800.978.3040 Adapted from : Multnomah County Public Health (2016).  Influenza. Retrieved from: https://multco.us/health/diseases-and-conditions/influenza Images: Influenza.blogspot ; Edtunes
Posted by olsonj  On Apr 11, 2016 at 10:15 AM