Welcome to the Green Brook Middle School Nurse’s Website
Mrs. Carolyn Seracka, RN, CSN, MSN, CPNP
If you have questions please call the Middle School Nurse at 732-968-1051 x3
e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Current Health Issues (please click below):
Center for Disease Control Information for Parents about Flu/Influenza
MANDATORY VACCINATIONS for 5th grade students entering 6th grade on 9-1-17:
1. Students must get the TDaP and Meningitis vaccines after their 11th birthday and before 9-1-17 to enter 6th grade.
2. A copy of your child’s immunization record must be sent to the school nurse ASAP or before 9-1-17.
If you child has a birth date after 9-1-17 then you have up to two weeks after that birth date to get the vaccines and send the immunization record to the nurse.
Immunization Requirements Reminder Letter
1. “White” Sports packet is due before August 1st!
2. No forms received by due dates means No participation at try-outs!
3. Every sports season you need to hand in paperwork for participation in a sport.
Winter Season: Basketball forms are due by October 15th
Spring Season: Baseball, Softball and Track forms are due by February 15th
All athletes must hand in either the white Sports Physical packet or the salmon colored Health History Update form. No forms, no try-outs! Sports forms can take up to two weeks to process. Don’t hand them in late!
Compare Allergy, Cold and Flu Symptoms?
The following chart can help you compare cold to seasonal allergy symptoms:
|Fever||Rare||Rare||Characteristic, high (100-102 degrees F); lasts three to four days|
|Headache||Rare||Sinus congestion, sinus headache||Prominent|
|General Aches, Pains||Slight||no||Usual; often severe|
|Fatigue, Weakness||Quite mild||Tired from restless sleep||Can last up to two to three weeks|
|Extreme Exhaustion||Never||Never||Early and prominent|
|Stuffy Nose||Common||Very Common,
|Sore Throat||Common||Common from
post nasal drip
|Mild to moderate;
|Cough is common from post-nasal drip||Common; can become severe|
|Bacterial Bronchitis||Bronchitis, pneumonia;
can be life-threatening
|Prevention||Good hygiene||24hr Allergy medication as per Private Care Practitioner (PCP)||Annual flu shot or FluMist|
relief of symptoms
|See PCP for treatment;
Daily 24hr. Non-drowsy allergy medication
|See PCP for treatment;
Antiviral drugs within 24-48 hours of onset
SCHOOL ATTENDANCE WHEN ILL
Keep your children home if in the last 24 hours they have had:
- a temperature of 100.0 F or higher
- symptoms of the flu
- nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
- shortness of breath, chest discomfort
- extreme exhaustion, fatigue or weakness
- rash on hands, feet or eruptions (pustules) inside the mouth
Reference: CDC,NIH, WebMD, NASN
EPI-PEN or Auvi-Q exposure to very cold (<56 F) or very hot (>86F) temperatures will decrease drug effectiveness!!!! The manufacturers of Epi-pen state: it’s important to properly store Epi-Pen® to help ensure it’s ready to use in the event of a severe allergic reaction.
- Always store Epi-Pen® in the carrier tube with the safety release on until you need to use it.
- Keep Epi-Pen® at room temperature. Do not refrigerate.
- Epi-Pen® can be exposed to temperatures between 15°C to 30°C. (59°F to 86°F).
- Do not keep Epi-Pen® in a vehicle during extremely hot or cold weather.
- Protect your Epi-Pen® from light.
- Submerging Epi-Pen® in water can compromise the delivery mechanism.
- Occasionally look through the viewing window on your Epi-Pen® to make sure the solution in the Auto-Injector is not brown in color. Replace your Epi-Pen® if the solution is discolored or cloudy.
- If Epi-Pen® has not been stored according to the above storage recommendations, using the Auto-Injector cannot be recommended.
- Epi-Pen® is a medical device that contains glass and should be handled with care.