- Published: Tuesday, 17 January 2017 13:21
Everyone struggles with emotional wellbeing from time to time. Usually we notice a problem when its to the point where we are so frustrated with life’s problems and feel so overwhelmed that our entire thought process is consumed by it. There are many things we can do to prevent this issue. We can promote a feeling of emotional wellness through such strategies as learning to express our feelings appropriately, thinking before we act, strive for balance in life, and above all, taking care of our physical health. Physical health and mental health have a direct link and can be maintained simply by exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet, getting enough rest, and refraining from the use of drugs and alcohol.
The article mentioned below describes in depth how we can achieve stress reduction and increase our problem solving skills.
Vomiting or diarrhea in the past 24 hours
Fever of 100.4 of greater in the past 24 hours
Pink eye - red, itchy or painful eyelids with yellow or green discharge
Impetigo - red, itchy, weeping rash
Head Lice - PSD has a bug free policy. Check your child’s scalp often.
Vaccination is not the only way to help prevent the flu. Here are steps you and your family can take to stay healthy this winter.
Perhaps the simplest and most effective way is to wash your hands often-- with soap and warm water. Rub your hands vigorously together and scrub all surfaces. Wash for at least 20 seconds. (Tip: have your children sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice while washing.) It is the soap combined with the scrubbing action that helps dislodge and remove germs. Use regular soap. Antibacterial soap is not necessary. These soaps may contribute to the growing problem of antibiotic resistance.
When soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based disposable hand wipes or gel sanitizers. You can find them in most supermarkets and drugstores. If using a gel, rub the gel in your hands until they are dry. The gel doesn't need water to work; the alcohol in the gel kills germs that cause colds and the flu. However, alcohol-based disposable hand wipes or gel sanitizers do not remove dirt.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when people touch something that is contaminated with germs and then touch their eyes, nose or mouth. Germs can live for a long time (some can live for 2 hours or more) on surfaces like doorknobs, desks and tables.
Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing. Viruses that infect the nose, throat and lungs cause illnesses like the flu (influenza). The flu usually spreads from person to person when an infected person coughs or sneezes and the droplets from the cough or sneeze move through the air and are deposited on the mouth or nose of people nearby. So, always cough or sneeze into a tissue and then throw it away. Cover your cough or sneeze if you do not have a tissue. Then, wash your hands, and do so every time you cough or sneeze.
If you feel ill, stay home from work and keep sick kids home from school or daycare. And keep in mind; most people with flu will recover just fine.
Getting an annual flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu. Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations. The more people who get vaccinated, the more people will be protected from flu, including older people, very young children, pregnant women and people with certain health conditions who are more vulnerable to serious flu complications.
What’s new this flu season?
Only injectable flu shots are recommended for use this season.
Flu vaccines have been updated to better match circulating viruses.
There will be some new vaccines on the market this season.
The recommendations for vaccination of people with egg allergies have changed.
What flu vaccines are recommended this season?
This season, only injectable flu vaccines (flu shots) should be used. Some flu shots protect against three flu viruses and some protect against four flu viruses.
When and how often should I get vaccinated?
Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine every year by the end of October, if possible. However, getting vaccinated later is OK. Vaccination should continue throughout the flu season, even in January or later. Some children who have received flu vaccine previously and children, who have only received one dose in their lifetime, may need two doses of flu vaccine. A health care provider can advise on how many doses a child should get.
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Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Poplarville School District has opted not to participate in the Medicaid of Mississippi EPSDT program this year. Your child will still be able to receive EPSDT services, but they must be obtained through a Healthcare Provider or the Health Department. We apologize for any difficulties this may cause.
Please feel free to contact Melissa Darden at 601-795-8424 Ext. 5004 or 601-795-1350 Ext. 4008 with any questions.
Melissa Darden, RN-BSN-NCSN
Poplarville School District