Meghan Bennett - School Nurse

meghan.bennett@bedford.k12.va.us


(revised November 2017)
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Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

Take time to get a flu vaccine:

  • CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses.
  • While there are many different flu viruses, a flu vaccine protects against the viruses that research suggests will be most common. 
  • Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed school due to flu - as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations.
  • Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every year before flu activity begins in their community. CDC recommends getting vaccinated by the end of October, if possible.  
  • Vaccination of high risk persons is especially important to decrease their risk of severe flu illness.

Take everyday preventative actions to stop the spread of germs:

  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  • If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

Take antiviral if your doctor prescribes them.

  • If you get the flu, antiviral drugs can be used to treat your illness.
  • Antiviral drugs are different from antibiotics. They are prescription medicines (pills, liquid or an inhaled powder) and are not available over-the-counter.
  • Antiviral drugs can make illness milder and shorten the time you are sick. They may also prevent serious flu complications. For people with high risk factors - treatment with an antiviral drug can mean the difference between having a milder illness versus a very serious illness that could result in a hospital stay.
  • Studies show that flu antiviral drugs work best for treatment when they are started within 2 days of getting sick, but starting them later can still be helpful, especially if the sick person has a high-risk health condition or is very sick from the flu. Follow your doctor’s instructions for taking this drug.
  • Flu-like symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people also may have vomiting and diarrhea. People may be infected with the flu, and have respiratory symptoms without a fever.

What’s new this flu season?

A few things are new this season from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • The recommendation to not use the nasal spray flu vaccine was renewed for the 2017-2018 season. Only injectable flu shots are recommended for use again this season.
  • Flu vaccines have been updated to better match circulating viruses (the influenza A(H1N1) component was updated).
  • A quadrivalent recombinant flu vaccine is newly available this season. 

IMPORTANT: Any time a student has a fever they are considered contagious until fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication. You must meet this requirement before returning to school if you have had a fever. 


If you have any questions or concerns, contact me at 525-6630 or refer to Family Handbook.   I look forward to being a part of your child’s FMS experience. 

Helpful Information

  • All students need an Emergency Card on file - please turn these in to the student's Homebase teacher
  • Please have the appropriate medical forms on file in the clinic if your child/children have medical conditions.
  • ALL medication forms are good for one school year (including the acetaminophen and antihistamine forms)
  • Additionally, please register your child/children in CareDox. This is our electronic charting system that notifies you of treatment provided to your child/children. CareDox is HIPAA & FERPA compliant. If you would like to register, email CareDox at activation@caredox.com
  • Clinic hours are 8:30-4 

Also, students should not call or text parent to go home.  Student should ask teacher for permission to go to the clinic to see the nurse when not feeling well.       

                                                                                                           

If you need assistance with health insurance please visit the FAMIS website at http://www.famis.org.




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