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School Nurse

Mrs. Elizabeth Jones R.N.


Sick Days
Please remember to call your child out when they will be absent. Our number is 385-4190. We have an answering machine so you can reach us 24 hours a day.


MRSA
Staphylococcus aureus infections have been around for a long time, causing mild to severe illness. MRSA is a kind of staph infection that may be more difficult to treat. A mild infection with MRSA may look like a pimple or boil and can be red swollen and painful, or have pus or other drainage.More serious infections may cause pneumonia, bloodstream infection or surgical wound infection.

Staph is passed from person to person through direct contact with skin or through contact with contaminated items.The bacteria may live on people's skin or in their noses and most of the time does not cause any problem. Staph can enter the body through breaks in the skin and sometimes cause an infection. The main ways to prevent staph infection are to wash hands and care for woulds properly.


Practical advice for parents

1. Clean wounds and cover them with a dry, clean bandage. Wounds that do not heal properly need medical attention. The way to determine if an infection is caused by MRSAis through laboratory testing ordered by a physician or other health care provider.

2. Teach children to wash their hands regularly, such as before eating and after using the bathroom. See http://www.cdc.gov/germstopper/home for more information.

3. Be sure you and your family members use antibiotics properly. Take all the medicatio that is prescribed even after the symptoms disappear. Do not share prescriptions.


A helpful tool for parents and students

This website was sent to the nurses and I can see it could be a valuable source of health information for both parents and students. Please let me know what you think.

http://www.kidshealth.com

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