Athletes and Health Records
• New state regulations require students to be covered by the Tdap vaccine which includes Pertussis (whooping cough) protection. This vaccine is good for 10 years. If your child has a current Td without the pertussis protection, they will have to be revaccinated before school starts. Please make sure your student’s vaccines are up to date before you turn in your health forms to the school this summer.
• The Health Office needs a Medication Authorization Form (White) turned in annually in order to dispense all prescription and NON-prescription drugs. In addition, a Medical Emergency Information Form (Yellow) should be updated with the nurses office if any changes have occurred since the last form was submitted. No medication may be dispensed without authorization and emergencies do occur during school hours. Keeping these forms current will help expedite notification to you and timely appropriate care for your child. The information remains confidential and is only used in an emergency.
A case of pertussis, also called “whooping cough” has been reported in our school. So far this school year there has been __1__ case(s) in total reported. Pertussis is caused by bacteria infecting the mouth, nose and throat. It is spread through the air by coughing. Read More
Medication Guidelines for Students
Important Allergy Information!
Medication Use at School
To clarify any confusion concerning medication usage at school, the following are LFHS Medication Regulations:
The Health Office needs to have a parent's and Doctor's written permission for your student to take ANY PRESCRIBED OR OVER THE COUNTER MEDICATIONS at school. Please note: the Health Office provides most OTC medications. All we need is the permission slip, which is valid until the end of the current school year and your student is free to come to the Health Office as needed for medicine. Students carrying medicines on them will be subject to disciplinary action. The only medicines that students are allowed to have on them, with a doctor's order are insulin, epi-pen and an inhaler. If you have any questions, please contact Diane Bower RN @ 847- 582- 7335.
The Medical Emergency Form (Yellow). We need an updated copy if information has changed since the last form was submitted. We hope families of all returning students will complete a new copy with updated information including new phone numbers, added cell phone numbers, work numbers, addresses, etc. Emergencies do occur during school hours. Keeping this form current will help expedite notification to you and timely appropriate care for your child. The information remains confidential and is only used in an emergency. Please return this form to the Health Office. If you print this form from your home or office, it must be printed on yellow paper!
All prescription and NON-prescription drugs, as required by law, are administered only through the Health Office. This policy is stringently adhered to for the safety of the child who receives the medication as well as the safety of all other students within the school. For this reason, a School Medication Authorization Form (White) must be completed annually listing any medication, including over-the counter drugs, brought in for the student by the parent or guardian. No medication may be dispensed without this authorization. In order for the Health Office to administer any type of medication during the next school year, this form must be filled out with both a doctor’s and parent’s signatures and returned to the Health Office.
It is parents' responsibility to inform and update the Health Office regarding students' medical needs. If your child has medical needs that may need attention during the school day, including allergy emergency care e.g., Epi Pen, please contact Diane Bower RN to ensure all paperwork and medicines are in order. Email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please call school nurse, Diane Bower with any questions at 847-582-7335.
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What you should know about...
Season for Allergies/AsthmaA recent CDC survey finds that one in five High School students have asthma. Although, temperatures below 32 may eliminate many pollens and weed triggers, indoor substances can also aggravate the allergy/ asthma combination. In addition to dust mites, molds and pet dander, holiday decorations that have been in storage can also be major allergy/asthma triggers.
* Use gas fireplaces instead of woodburning.
* Wash with warm sudsy water all packed away decorations. Rewash when storing them back.
* Avoid scented candles, incense and potpourri.
* Very cold temperatures can be a trigger for asthma. Wear a scarf around the nose and mouth while outside and even in the car till it warms up.
Many individuals who have asthma also suffer with allergies. This winter season has seen zero temperatures mixed with rainy weather in the 40's. Unfortunately, this allows molds and moisture to reappear offering little relief for the allergy sufferer. If possible, leave shoes, boots and wet outerwear in the garage or porch to dry before bringing them into the house.
Controlling and preventing symptoms is always preferable to having to treat full blown symptoms.
All parents should be aware that it is in their student's best interest to be vaccinated against bacterial meningitis. The old Menomune vaccine's coverage was only 4-6 years. Therefore, we were only recommending that students receive it in their senior year of high school. The highest incidence of bacterial meningitis is freshman and sophomore year of college.
However, the new vaccine Menactra, has 8-10 years coverage. Therefore, many of the pediatric groups are offering this vaccine to 12-13 year-olds. Please ask your doctor about this for your student. Also, PLEASE be aware that you may receive this vaccination at the Board of Health Immunization Clinic, 2303 Dodge Ave in Waukegan (847-377-8470) from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday. It is also offered at Lake Forest Hospital on the fourth Saturday of every month from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. You are eligible to receive this vaccine for $8.00 if you do not have medical insurance, your medical insurance does not cover vaccinations, or by using Medicaid or Kidcare card. Please call Diane Bower, RN at 847-582-7335 with further questions.
There is a wide spectrum in the severity of symptoms. Sometimes symptoms
may be so mild that many people don't even realize they have had it. Interestingly,
90% of adults will test positive for the Epstein Barr Virus, yet most of those
people can't remember having "mono." Adults are often misdiagnosed
if they do have mononucleosis when they present with symptoms due to the rarity
of infection in the adult population. I am often asked if a person can get
mono more than once. True Mononucleosis is thought to be caused by the Epstein
Barr Virus. However, other "bugs" can cause similar symptoms; hence
the confusion. Dr. Virginia Kaperick, a pediatric hospitalist at Lake Forest
Hospital, states that the "greatest majority of cases are caused by EBV(Epstein-Barr
Virus). Other pathogens can cause mono-like illness:CMV(Cytomegalovirus), Adenoviruses,
HSV(Herpes Simplex Virus), Toxoplasma, etc., Transmission is through saliva
of an infected person throughout the duration of symptoms: there is no air
or blood transmission. Many healthy people can carry and shed the virus intermittently
1.) rest according to the degree of illness until the fever is gone.
2.) Plenty of liquids.
3.) Tylenol or Advil for elevated temperature or discomfort.
4.)Warm saline gargles.
5.) No contact sports.
6.) Antibiotics only if there is a Strep infection which happens in 10-30% of cases.
7.) Steroids are only used if there are life threatening threats of airway obstruction (Recent studies have linked their use to encephalitis and myocarditis.)
Pertussis (whooping cough) Information
Q&A Questions and Answers
Question: My 15-year-old agonizes about the acne breakouts she gets. Should I take her to see a dermatologist?
Answer: Yes. Taking her for professional advise will accomplish 2 things. The first has to do with the medical problem itself. Acne can occur in several different ways. Some types, cystic acne for example can cause pain and scarring. The cure could consist simply of over the counter topical treatments containing benzoyl peroxide. However the cure may involve antibiotics, hormonal treatment or Accutane (reserved for severe cases that don't respond to other medications.) The second has to do with your daughter's mental health. The teenage years are often complicated by emotional issues as the young adult struggles to define their independence, self esteem and confidence level. Improving her skin can also help increase her self esteem. With any of the treatments, it may take over 4 weeks to see improvement and they may needed to be used for several years. Please call me if you have anymore questions: 847-582-7335. (back to top)