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Judith O'Brien 
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Jerilyn Damiani
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Welcome to the Health Services Web page! Central's Health Office is in room 295 where minor first aid is given and students who become ill at school have parents/guardians notified to arrange for the student to go home. Please be aware that per school board policy, no medication is dispensed in the health office unless the student has provided the medication and the required district permission forms are signed and in the Health Office. This includes over-the-counter medications such as cough drops, Tylenol, ibuprofen, sore throat lozenges, etc. For students who need to take medications at school, the required medication form can be picked up in the Health Office or it can be downloaded here:
 
Physician-Prescribed Medication Form  
 
If your child needs to be released from school due to an outside appointment, please call their dean's office for an early release pass.

To download a current Child Health Examination Form:  
 
Child Health Examination Form 
Parents/Guardians: Please keep a copy of your child's immunization records in a safe place. These are records that your child will need throughout life. If you or a school your child is transferring to needs a copy of health records (even after graduation), call the Registrar at 815-727-6818

current health news

IMPORTANT NEWS FOR THE SCHOOL YEAR STARTING 2016-2017

The state of Illinois has recently changed the law with regards to immunization for varicella (chickenpox), mumps and rubella.
 

  1. Beginning with school year 2016 – 2017, any child entering ninth, tenth and eleventh grade for the first time shall show proof of having received two doses of varicella vaccine, the first dose on or after the first birthday and the second dose no less than four weeks after the first dose, or proof of prior varicella disease. Even those upperclassmen who aren't required to provide proof of receiving a 2nd varicella vaccine should speak with their healthcare provider about whether it is recommended for them. All students entering school at any grade level (kindergarten through 12th) shall show proof of having received two doses of live mumps virus and two doses of live rubella vaccine.
     
  2. Beginning with the school year 2015 – 2016, students entering 12th grade and above level shall show proof of having received two doses of meningitis vaccine. If the first dose is administered when the student is 16 yr or older, only one dose is required. 

 
Seniors and above will be required to show proof of having had the meningitis vaccine prior to Schedule Distribution in August. Please keep a copy of this proof prior to turning it in to the health office.
 
If parents/guardians or health care providers have questions about the new requirement, the Illinois Dept. of Public Health can be contacted at their toll free number: 1-800-526-4372.

 

For students who are unable to use the stairs due to a permanent or temporary disability, a physician's note is required for use of the elevator. The student's name, reason and length of time needed to use the elevator is necessary. There is a $50 charge for unreturned elevator keys.

 
asthma, food allergies and medications

Students who require emergency medications at school, such as asthma inhalers, Epi-Pens, and insulin are allowed to carry that medication with them at school and self-administer the medication as needed. We do request that a completed medication form be kept on file in the student's health record for those medications but the students can carry them while the parent/guardian is obtaining the completed form. Please understand that school staff (including the school nurse) will be unable to assist the student in the administration of that medication unless the completed medication form is on file.

If a student has a life threatening food allergy, a parent/guardian may download the following form and send it to the health office if they wish to have more information on file regarding that food allergy.

 www.isbe.net/nutrition/pdf/food_allergy_emer_action_plan.pdf

protecting yourself & your family

This is the time of year when we see lots of colds, flu and "stomach bugs," which are known by the medical term of Norovirus. Noroviruses are a group of related viruses, which cause gastroenteritis (GAS-tro-en-ter-I-tis). This is an inflammation of the stomach and intestines which leads to stomach cramping, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Many people think they have "food poisoning"  when this happens. While it is true that food poisoning can be caused by noroviruses, other germs and chemicals can also cause food poisoning. Norovirus illness is not related to the flu (influenza), which is a respiratory illness caused by influenza virus.  It is highly contagious and anyone can be infected. Because many different types of viruses are considered noroviruses, you can also get it more than once in your life. It often begins very suddenly and you feel very sick, with stomach cramping, vomiting, and diarrhea. Noroviruses are the most common cause of gastroenteritis in the U.S, and roughly 1 in every 15 Americans will get norovirus each year.

The most important thing to remember to reduce your family's risk of norovirus infection is to practice good hand hygiene. This means washing your hands and being mindful of how disease is spread. For more information on noroviruses and how to protect youself and your family, go to the CDC's website below:

http://www.cdc.gov/norovirus/index.html

 

incoming freshman

All incoming freshmen are required to have a current physical and immunizations on file before starting school. Please note the recent changes in immunization requirements for incoming freshmen! Physicals must be performed within one year of entering high school on the most current State of Illinois form (11/2015) and may be turned into the principal's office or sent directly to the health office. Please make sure that all immunizations are recorded on the form and that the health history is completed by the parent/guardian. Incomplete physicals must be returned to the parent/guardian for completion as required by state law. Parents of current 8th graders: get a copy of your child's immunizations from their junior high if you don't already have it and make sure to keep a copy of that shot record as well as the high school physical for safekeeping at home.

 
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