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Human Papilloma Virus (H.P.V.) Information

In accordance with N.J.S.A. 18A:40-42, the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services has developed the attached educational fact sheets about the Human Papillomavirus (HPV).  For the 2007 - 2008 school year, public school districts are staturtorily required to distribute the fact sheet to parents or guardians of students in grades seven through twelve.  Commencing in the 2008 - 2009 school year, public school districts are required to distribute the fact sheet to parents or guardians of seventh grade students annually.  Nonpublic schools are encouraged, but not required to distribute the fact sheet to students in grades seven through twleve. 

To read or download the NJDHSS Fact Sheet on the Human Papillomavirus (HPV), click on the Attachment at the bottom of this page
MRSA

INFORMATION FOR THE WESTFIELD SCHOOL COMMUNITY ON COMMUNITY ASSOCIATED MRSA

 

What is MRSA?

Recent news reports have highlighted the recent emergence of a multi-drug resistant organism called MRSA (methicillin/oxacillin resistant staphlococcus aureus). Although it has always been a concern in the healthcare setting, it has recently emerged as a community acquired infection. It is most commonly acquired in hospitals. More recently, MRSA has been reported in increasing numbers among healthy persons of all ages in the community. It is estimated that Staphylococcus aureus bacteria are carried by 30-50% of the population, and easily passed from one person to another. However, the bacteria do not necessarily cause an infection unless there is a break in the skin from an injury, insect bite or scratch. Staph or MRSA infections in the community are usually manifested as skin infections such as pimples and boils in otherwise healthy people.

How can MRSA Infections be prevented?

 MRSA is spread through close contact with an infected person; MRSA may also be spread by indirect contact, by touching objects (towels, sheets, wound dressings, clothes, workout areas and sports equipment) contaminated by the infected skin of a person with MRSA. To avoid MRSA, or staphylococcus bacteria, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that everyone practice good hygiene:

· Keep your hands clean by washing thoroughly with soap and water. 
· Shower or bathe thoroughly after athletic workouts and contact with other players. 
· Utilize alcohol-based hand sanitizers when soap and water are unavailable. 
· Launder athletic uniforms and other athletic clothing in hot water and dry them in a hot dryer. 
· If you have an open wound, be sure to clean it well and keep it covered with a bandage that attaches to the skin on all sides. If you feel your child has a skin infection, please see your physician!
• Never share or borrow towels, razors, soap, or any others person items.


What Steps are the Westfield Public Schools taking?


 • To ensure the health and safety of our students, the Westfield Public Schools are taking appropriate measures to disinfect all the facilities and school equipment. The Athletic Department is also advising school athletes to launder their personal athletic wear and sanitize personal athletic equipment.
• Parents have received notification of measures that are being taken in school and recommendations for home hygiene.
• The custodial staff has identified areas of higher risk and an aggressive plan for cleaning and sanitizing has been implemented.
• School nurses have been trained to identify signs and symptoms of the infection. 
• Students are being instructed in proper hygiene and preventative measures in Health classes. 
• Coaches and trainers have been instructed to discuss good hygiene and prevention with their teams, and to make appropriate referrals to any students with signs of a sign infection. 
• Families are urged to call their family physician if they have any additional questions about MRSA; see a physician immediately upon observing any new skin lesions. If the physician suspects MRSA, please notify the school nurse as soon as possible.

For more detailed information link to www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dhqp

Flu Facts

 

THE INFLUENZA VIRUS DIFFERS FROM OTHER VIRUSES BASED ON THE SEVERITY OF THE SYMPTOMS. THE ONSET OF THE FLU OCCURS SUDDENLY WITH AN ELEVATION IN TEMPERATURE OF OVER 101 DEGREE F LASTING 3 TO 4 DAYS, SEVERE COUGH, HEADACHE , MYALGIA (MUSCLE ACHES AND PAINS), FATIGUE, EXTREME EXHAUSTION, COLD SYMPTOMS, AND SORE THROAT .

STUDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO STAY HOME IF THEY HAVE AN ELEVATION IN THEIR TEMPERATURE GREATER THAN 100.4.  A STUDENT SHOULD BE FREE OF A FEVER FOR 24 HOURS BEFORE RETURNING TO SCHOOL. 

THIS DISTINGUISHES THE FLU SYMPTOMS FROM OTHER RESPIRATORY ILLNESSES LIKE THE COMMON COLD. MOST PEOPLE RECOVER AFTER A BRIEF PERIOD OF MISERY. THOSE AT HIGH RISK INCLUDE CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 3, PEOPLE WITH CHRONIC HEALTH PROBLEMS, AND PEOPLE OVER THE AGE OF 65. THE FLU VACCINE IS THE BEST WAY FOR INDIVIDUALS TO PROTECT THEMSELVES.

ANTIVIRAL MEDICATIONS CAN HELP YOU FEEL BETTER FASTER.....CONTACT YOUR PHYSICIAN IMMEDIATELY

For more information go to facesofinfluenza.org