Free Dental Care at the Santa Ana Star Center
The NM Dental Foundation is offering free dental care for adults and children at the Santa Ana Star Center on Friday, October 24 and Saturday, October 25. The dental care is offered on a first come, first served basis. The clinic begins at 5:30 am on Friday and and Early Line begins at 4:30 PM on Thursday, October 23.
Call 1-866-520-5559 for more information.
Health Alerts & News
The latest Health Alerts:
- Enterovirus D68 is one of many enteroviruses. It was first identified in California in 1962, but has not been commonly reported in the United States. The symptoms of this virus include sneezing,fever, runny nose, cough, body and muscle aches. The virus is spread through contact with respiratory secretions such as saliva, nasal mucus and sputum through coughing and sneezing.
- Infants, children and teenagers are more likely to become infected with the virus. Children with asthma or a history of wheezing are most at risk of more serious disease.
- To prevent the transmission of this virus, encourage your child to cover their cough with a tissue or sleeve. Encourage good hand washing, and keep children home when they are sick. If your child has asthma, they should take their medicines regularly and maintain good control of their disease since asthma is a risk factor for the infection.
- Contact your child's healthcare provider if your child complains of shortness of breath or wheezing.
- Pertussis (Whooping Cough) is a respiratory disease spread by person to person contact. Community health officials have reported this disease to be on the rise in New Mexico. Immunization against Pertussis is the best prevention! For more information on Pertussis, the signs and symptoms of Pertussis and treatment, please visit the CDC web page for more information.
- Bed Bugs: Recent media coverage of Bed Bug infestations has caught the attention and concern of many New Mexicans. At this time, Beg Bugs are not a major public health issue in the state of New Mexico. These insects are similar to head lice in that they are a parasite that lives off of live hosts. They have not been found to spread disease. Parents and staff who have concerns about Bed Bugs can go to the EPA website for more information on how to identify beg bugs bites and how to treat your home:http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/bedbugs/.
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 Health website: archive.immunizenm.org/documents/ImmunizationExemptionForm.pdf
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.