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2016-17 School Year New York State Immunization Requirements for School Entrance/Attendance
Please click on the link below to view the immunization requirements for the upcoming school year.
2016-2017 NYS Immunization Requirements
Elementary School Snack/Food Procedure Update
There has been an update to our snack/food procedures at the elementary school level. Please click on the link below to see a resource page of what is acceptable to bring in to the elementary schools for snack.
Snack/Food List
“To Immunize or Not to Immunize, that is the question.”
 
For some families the decision to immunize their children has become controversial since the 1998 Lancet Journal published the article linking MMR Vaccine with Autism.  The results of this study were retracted by the American Academy of Pediatrics in 2010. The Lancet retracted the study, citing ethical misconduct on the part of the author. Also, 10 of the 13 additional authors have retracted their findings. The data from this study was unfounded.
 
Another concern for parents is the preservatives that are found in the vaccines. Thimerosal is a mercury-containing preservative. Much of the belief that mercury in the thimerosal came from studies on Methylmercury, which is found in fish and the environment and is toxic in high doses. However, vaccines contain Ethylmercury which is broken down and leaves the body quickly.
 
Aluminum salts are also found in vaccines. They help your body create a better response to vaccines. They are necessary to make some of the vaccines more effective. Without them people would need more doses of vaccine to be protected. Aluminum is in the earth’s crust. It is present in our food and water. It has been used and studied in vaccines for 75 years and is safe.
 
Some people believe that there is antifreeze in vaccines. This is not true.
 
Combination vaccines and too many vaccines: There is concern among parents that too many vaccines will overwhelm an infant’s immune system. Babies fight off germs every day. Their immune systems fight those germs called antigens to keep the body healthy. The amount of antigens that children fight everyday (2,000-6,000) is much more than the antigens in any combination of vaccines on the current vaccination schedule (150 for the whole schedule).
 
To vaccinate or not to vaccinate is a decision you need to discuss with your health care provider. Educate yourself to protect your children.
 
Resources: www.aap.org
                  www.cdc.gov
 
FLU SEASON IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER
PLEASE READ THE INFORMATION FROM PUBLIC HEALTH ON THE BACK!
 
 
FLU INFORMATION
What is the flu?
Influenza (the flu) is an infection of the nose, throat, and lungs caused by influenza viruses. There are many different influenza viruses that are constantly changing. They cause illness, hospital stays and deaths in the United States each year.
The flu can be very dangerous for children. Each year about 20,000 children younger than 5 years old are hospitalized from flu complications, like pneumonia.
How serious is the flu?
Flu illness can vary from mild to severe. While the flu
can be serious even in people who are otherwise healthy, it can be especially dangerous for young children and children of any age who have certain long term health conditions, including asthma (even mild or controlled), neurological and neurodevelopmental
conditions, chronic lung disease, heart disease, blood disorders, endocrine disorders (such as diabetes), kidney, liver, and metabolic disorders, and weakened immune systems due to disease or medication. Children with these conditions and children who are receiving long-term
aspirin therapy can have more severe illness from the flu.
How does the flu spread?
Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with the flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Less often, a person might get the flu by touching something that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, eyes or nose.
What are the symptoms of the flu?
Symptoms of the flu can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue and sometimes vomiting and diarrhea. Some people with
the flu will not have a fever.
How long can a sick person spread
the flu to others?
People with the flu may be able to infect others
by shedding virus from 1 day before getting sick to 5 to 7 days after. However, children and people with weakened immune systems can shed virus for longer, and might be still contagious past 5 to 7 days of being sick,
especially if they still have symptoms.
PROTECT YOUR CHILD
How can I protect
my child against the flu?
To protect against the flu, the first and most important thing you can do is to get a flu vaccine for yourself and your child.
 Vaccination is recommended for everyone 6 months
and older.
 It’s especially important that young children and children with long term health conditions get vaccinated. (See list of conditions under “How Serious is the Flu?”)
 Caregivers of children with health conditions or of children younger than 6 months old should get vaccinated. (Babies younger than 6 months are too young to be vaccinated themselves.)
 Another way to protect babies is to vaccinate pregnant women because research shows that this gives some protection to the baby both while the woman is pregnant and for a few months after the baby is born.
A new flu vaccine is made each year to protect against the three flu viruses that research indicates are most likely to cause illness during the next flu season. Flu vaccines are made using strict safety and production measures. Over the years, millions of flu vaccines have been given in the United States with a very good safety record.
The Flu:
A Guide For Parents
For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/flu or www.flu.gov or call 800-CDC-INFO
Is there a medicine to treat the flu?
Antiviral drugs can treat flu illness. They can make people
feel better and get better sooner and may prevent serious
flu complications, like pneumonia, for example, that can
lead to hospitalization and even death. These drugs are
different from antibiotics, but they also need to be prescribed
by a doctor. They work best when started during
the first 2 days of illness. It’s very important that antiviral
drugs be used early to treat the flu in people who are very
sick (for example people who are in the hospital) or people
who are at greater risk of having serious flu complications.
Other people with flu illness may also benefit from
taking antiviral drugs. These drugs can be given to children
and pregnant women.
What are some of the other ways
I can protect my child against the flu?
In addition to getting vaccinated, take – and encourage
your child to take – everyday steps that can help prevent
the spread of germs.
This includes:
 Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue. Throw the tissue
in the trash after you use it.
 Stay away from people who are sick.
 Wash hands often with soap and water. If soap and
water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
 Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs
spread this way.
 If someone in the household is sick, try to keep the sick
person in a separate room from others in the household,
if possible.
 Keep surfaces like bedside tables, surfaces in the
bathroom, kitchen counters and toys for children clean
by wiping them down with a household disinfectant
according to directions on the product label.
 Throw tissues and other disposable items used
by sick persons in your household in the trash.
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IF Y OUR CHILD IS SICK
What can I do if my child gets sick?
Talk to your doctor early if you are worried about
your child’s illness.
If your child is 5 years and older and does not have other
health problems and gets flu-like symptoms, including a fever
and/or cough, consult your doctor as needed and make
sure your child gets plenty of rest and drinks enough fluids.
If your child is younger than 5 years (and especially younger
than 2 years) or of any age with a long term health condition
(like asthma, a neurological condition, or diabetes, for
example) and develops flu-like symptoms, they are at risk
for serious complications from the flu. Ask a doctor if your
child should be examined.
What if my child seems very sick?
Even children who have always been healthy
before or had the flu before can get very sick
from the flu.
Call for emergency care or take your child to a doctor
right away if your child of any age has any of the
warning or emergency signs below:
 Fast breathing or trouble breathing
 Bluish or gray skin color
 Not drinking enough fluids
(not going to the bathroom or making
as much urine as they normally do)
 Severe or persistent vomiting
 Not waking up or not interacting
 Being so irritable that the child
does not want to be held
 Flu-like symptoms improve but then
return with fever and worse cough
 Has other conditions (like heart or lung disease,
diabetes,or asthma) and develops flu symptoms,
including a fever and/or cough.
Can my child go to school, day care or camp
if he or she is sick?
No. Your child should stay home to rest and to avoid giving
the flu to other children or caregivers.
When can my child go back to school
after having the flu?
Keep your child home from school, day care or camp for
at least 24 hours after their fever is gone. (Fever should
be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
A fever is defined as 100°F (37.8°C) or higher.
These everyday steps are a good way to reduce your chances
of getting all sorts of illnesses, but a yearly flu vaccine is
always the best way to specifically prevent the flu.
What should I use
for hand washing?
Washing hands with
soap and water (for as
long as it takes to sing
the “Happy Birthday”
song twice) will help
protect against many
germs. If soap and water
are not available, use an
alcohol-based hand rub.
WHEN TO KEEP A CHILD HOME WITH ILLNESS DURING COLD AND FLU SEASON
Sometimes it can be difficult for a parent to decide whether to send children to school when they wake up with early symptoms of an illness or complaints that they do not feel well.  In general, during cold and flu season, unless your child is significantly ill, the best place for them is in school where they have all already been exposed to the same germs and where they are less likely to expose other more vulnerable people, like the very young or very old, to their routine bouts of cold and flu.  Remind and show your children to discard used tissues promptly, not to share personal items, to cover their mouths when they cough or sneeze, to keep their hands away from their face, and to wash hands thoroughly and often with soap and warm water. Suggest  washing their hands for 20 secs.  However, there are some situations in which it is best to plan on keeping your child home for a day to rest or to arrange for an appointment with your health care provider.  The following are a few such situations that warrant watching and possibly conferring with your health care provider:
  • Persistent fever greater than 100.4° orally, including a fever that requires control with medication, like Tylenol
  • Child is too sleepy or ill from an illness, like vomiting and/or diarrhea, to profit from sitting in class all day
  • Significant cough that makes a child feel uncomfortable or disrupts the class
  • Sore throat that is severe, accompanied by fever and/or feeling ill, that persists longer than 48 hours, OR after known exposure to a confirmed case of Streptococcal throat infection
  • Honey-crusted sores around the nose or mouth or rash on other body parts that might be impetigo; OR a rash in various stages including boils, sores and bumps that may be chicken pox; OR a significant rash accompanied by other symptoms of illness such as fever
  • Red, runny eyes that distract the child from learning
  • Large amount of discolored nasal discharge, especially if accompanied by facial pain or headache
  • Severe ear pain or drainage from the ear
  • Severe headache, especially if accompanied by fever
  • Any condition that you think may be serious or contagious to others.

Whenever there is an outbreak of a specific contagious infection, the school sends out a notice to alert you to watch out for any symptoms. If your child starts to develop symptoms, it is important that you alert your own health care provider that your child had possible exposure. Be sure to ask your provider when it is safe for your child to return to school, both for your child’s health and for the health of the rest of the school. If you send your child to school even though you suspect there is significant illness as described above, please call the school nurse to provide her/him with phone numbers where you can be reached that day should your child become more ill and require early dismissal.  

Finally, if you know your child is still running a fever, it is not a good idea simply to give them Tylenol and send them onto school because as soon as the medicine wears off, you are apt to get the dreaded call from the school nurse to leave work and come to pick up your feverish child. It is better to let them stay home in bed with a fever and take their medications at home until they are off all medicines and ready to learn for a full day in a classroom. If you find a pattern of your child’s asking to stay home from school, especially if they are falling behind or appear anxious by the thought of attending school, or if there does not appear to be any obvious physical symptoms, it may be a good idea to contact your school nurse and your health care provider to discuss your concerns.  Remember, whenever you keep your child home from school, please call the school nurse or attendance office in advance of the start of the school day and leave a message that your child will be absent.
Contacts
+ Dr. Agarwal
+ RN, Ashley, Kristen
+ RN, Buscemi, Barb
+ RN, Halpin, Keylee
+ RN, Kroeger, Tara
+ RN, Whitton, Cheri
Click on name to see details.
Files & Forms
 Athletic Concussion Sheet.pdf
Concussion Form for OFA Sports Participation, this must be signed by the athletes parent/guardian
 Athletic Health Forms.pdf
Forms the School Physician will fill out, in order for students to participate in athletics at OFA
 Ogdensburg City School District Health Services Policy Manual 2014-2015.pdf
Ogdensburg City School District Health Services Policy Manual
 School Physical Forms Final.pdf
Forms that are required for your child to enter UPK, DK, K, 2nd, 4th, 7th, and 10th grades
 Sports participation forms.PDF
Sports participation forms must be completed in order for students to participate in athletics at OFA.

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