Health Updates and Notifications
Flu Season Reminders
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. Flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, eyes or possibly their nose. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year. The Center for Disease Control’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine each year. The seasonal flu vaccine protects against the three influenza viruses that research suggests will be most common. About two weeks after vaccination, antibodies develop that protect against influenza virus infection. We recommend that you talk to your healthcare provider about getting the vaccine available through their office. Please contact the school nurse if you need help in obtaining a healthcare provider and/or insurance for your children.
The following are recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the Alameda County Health Department:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
- Stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or your elbow, when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
- Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Practice other good health habits. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
Please refer to the LVJUSD Illness Exclusion Protocol for information about staying home when ill.
Please see the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention website for additional information about seasonal influenza.
7th Grade Tdap Booster- Required for ALL Incoming 7th Graders
Whooping cough (Pertussis) has been widespread in California since 2010. Assembly Bill 354, chaptered into California law, now requires students to be immunized with an important booster against pertussis.All students entering 7th grade will need proof of a Tdap booster shot before starting school.
- Began July 1, 2011
- Applies to all public and private schools
- States that if a student has received a dose of Tdap on or after the 7th birthday, the student will meet the school immunization requirement.
These requirements apply to all incoming 7th grade students in California. Please make an appointment early with your child’s health care provider to get this important booster. If your student has already met this immunization requirement, remember to provide a copy of the yellow immunization card or other written proof of immunization to the school’s health office as soon as possible. Otherwise, please make arrangements for your child to have the Tdap booster vaccine as soon as possible to ensure compliance at the start of the new school year. Please be advised that a physician’s note will be required for all medical exemptions. By law, students who do not have proof of receiving a Tdap booster shot will not be able to start school in the fall until proof is provided.
If a student is found with live head lice, he/she shall be excluded from attendance until no live head lice are detected. The parent/guardian of any such student shall be given information about the treatment of head lice, encouraged to begin treatment immediately and to check all members of the family. The parent/guardian shall be informed that the student will be checked upon return to school the next day and allowed to remain in school if no live head lice are detected. School personnel will continue to check for live head lice during the 10- day incubation period.
Head Lice Board Policy