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Going to the Fair? Don't pet the pigs!
A type of influenza related to pigs has been reported in multiple states. The characteristics of this flu, labeled H3N2v, include symptoms similiar to seasonal influenza such as fever, cough, sore throat, body aches and headache. Most of the reported cases are thought to have been infected as a result of close contact with infected pigs.Persons who are at risk for flu related complications include small children, pregnant women, persons over the age of 65 and those with chronic diseases such as diabetes, asthma or heart disease.
If you are planning on attending a fair or any agricultural event that exhibits pigs, you should wash your hands frequently with soap and water before and after exposure to the animals. Avoid eating or drinking in the animal areas and avoid close contact wiht animals that appear ill. If you should experience any flu-like symoptoms, contact your health care provider
ALL STUDENTS ENTERING 7TH GRADE must have an updated TDAP immunization. Please check with your student's nurse for additional information. Check the immunization schedule here.
EXEMPTIONS: Only students who have a notarized medical or religious exemption form will be allowed to attend school without up to date immunizations. Personal/philisophical exemptions no longer qualify as an approved exemption. This change in requirements came from the New Mexico Department of Health. You can access the new form and information at the Department of Helth website: http://immunizenm.org/sched.shtml#exemptions.
Head lice have been co-existing with us since ancient times. Head lice are not a health hazard or a sign of poor hygiene and are not the cause of any disease. In the United States, preschool and elementary school students are the most common age groups who get head lice. Our goal is to help parents recognize head lice in their students so they can take action quickly. Your school nurse can provide information about the diagnosis and treatment options for families so children can return to school immediately.
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