The School Nurse, in cooperation with the parents, the family physician and the Public Health Department, endeavors to ensure that all students meet the necessary requirements for school admission with physical examinations and immunizations as required by law. Each school has a health office, which is staffed by a nurse.
We strive to maintain a healthy school environment, for all children, in the management of basic health care needs. The parent, the school nurse, and teachers work together to facilitate management of long-term health conditions so all students will have successful educational opportunities within the school setting.
If you have any questions regarding your child's medical concerns at school, don't hesitate to call or email your school nurse. If you are the parent of a student with a chronic health care need, please contact the nurse assigned to your child's school to discuss your child's needs.
Allergy Management at school
If your child has a diagnosis of Food, Latex, or Insect Sting allergy, please contact their school Health Office and speak to the nurse. In order to provide for a thorough healthcare plan for your child, we request that you provide a physician written Allergy Action Plan, physician orders for medication, parental authorization for medication administration, and also provide the medication to the health office. In the event suspected exposure or symptoms of exposure occurs, these are all important tools of treatment specific to the individual student. Students who require access to emergency medication for allergy and also asthma are allowed to self-carry their medication, with the appropriate medication orders and parental authorization on file with the school nurse. The Action Plan, medication orders and parental authorization must be updated each school year.
In 2011, Public Act 97-0361 was enacted to allow schools to maintain a supply of epinephrine auto-injectors (epipens) that can be used by the school nurse in case a student without a known allergy has a suspected anaphylactic reaction. Elmhurst SD #205 maintains a very small stock of undesignated epi-pens at each school, for treatment of students, who in the professional judgement of the school nurse, are experiencing an anaphylactic allergic reaction. The undesignated epi-pens are maintained in the health office for the purpose of epinephrine treatment for those students who do not have a diagnosed allergy and need emergency treatment for a suspected allergic reaction.
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Pertussis On the Rise in DuPage County and Across the U.S.
Cases of pertussis, also known as whooping cough, are on the rise. Several states have reported an increase in cases and/or localized outbreaks of pertussis (whooping cough). Pertussis is a highly infectious and usually mild illness that is easily transmitted through coughing and sneezing and may last for several months. Following increased disease activity since late 2010 and throughout 2011, the DuPage County Health Department has continued to receive reports of pertussis (whooping cough) cases in 2012, with the majority occurring in children and adolescents.
Most children are immunized against pertussis disease by receiving a series of vaccine doses known as DTaP (Diptheria, Tetanus and Pertussis). However, immunity wanes as they reach adolescence. Since 2005, there has been an adolescent/adult pertussis booster vaccine (Tdap) that can be used for prevention and control of pertussis. Tdap vaccine is recommended to be routinely given at ages 11-12 years.
More information is available from the Illinois Department of Public Health and the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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