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.
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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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