Current District 200 Health Headlines
Note from The School Nurse
As we are approaching into the colder weather seasons, or as we so commonly know it in the nurse’s office as cold and flu season, we would like to remind everyone of good hand hygiene practices. We want everyone to stay healthy, especially with the holiday break approaching.While washing your hands, it is recommended to use soap with warm water, washing them for at least 15 seconds. More importantly than the temperature of the water, is the friction you provide while washing your hands. The thing that really cleans hands is the friction from rubbing back and forth, in between the fingers, around the base of the thumb, and of course under the fingernails. Washing your hands is especially important when you you are sick, or if someone in your household is sick. If you have visible dirt or other material on your hands, actually using soap and water is the best option. But, if a sink is not an option, use hand sanitizer. Just like with washing your hands, it is the friction that cleans your hands with hand sanitizer. For hand sanitizer to be effective, you must rub your hands, in the same motions as washing your hands, until they are DRY. Airing them out, or wiping them dry on your clothing is found to be ineffective in killing the microbes on your hands.
Recommended times when you should wash your hands:
SWEET 16Sixteen is an important year in any teenager's life. You are able to drive with your brand new license, you can get a job earning your own money, and due to the new legislation, you must receive a meningitis booster shot. In the 2015-2016 school year, Illinois changed its laws requiring anyone turning sixteen must receive a Meningitis (MCV4) shot on or after their birthday but no later than the entry to their senior year of high school. "any child entering the 12th grade shall show proof of having received two doses of meningococcal conjugate vaccine prior to entering the 12th grade. The first dose shall have been received on or after the 11th birthday, and the second dose shall have been received on or after the 16th birthday, at least eight weeks after the first dose. If the first dose is administered when the child is 16 years of age or older, only one dose is required."
- After using the restroom
- After sneezing/coughing into hands
- After using facial tissue (Kleenex)
- Before eating or preparing food
- After handling raw food
- After handling money
- If hands are visibly dirty
- After playing with animals