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Nurse Amanda Young - Nurse  (Send e-mail)

Hello my name is Amanda Young and I am the new school nurse for the year of 2017-2018 at Grand Prairie. My number one priority is to keep your children healthy while they are at school. Therefore, please contact me ASAP if your child has a medical concern, change in health status, or a new diagnosis. I can be reached by phone or email.

Due to the rising number of influenza (flu) cases being reported this flu season, we would like to recommend some steps that can be taken to help reduce the chances of becoming sick and/or prevent the spread of illnesses at school.

Influenza (the flu) is an infection of the nose, throat, and lungs caused by viruses. The virus is spread by droplets- coughing, sneezing, talking, and direct contact (touching something with the virus on it and then touching our own mouth eyes or nose.)

Following are some simple steps to help prevent spread of germs.
Wash your hand with soap and water often. Handwashing is the most effective way to prevent the spread of diseases.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or use the crook of you elbow.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Your child should stay home if he/she is sick until at least 24 hours after there is no longer a fever or signs of a fever (without the use of fever-reducing medications).

Guidelines for keeping your child at home:

Fever of 100 degrees-keep home at least 24 hours after being fever free without the aid of medication
Vomiting or Diarrhea-keep home at least 24 hours after last episode
Rash-it will be assumed contagious, a doctors note will be needed to return to school
Strep throat-must be on an antibiotic at least 24 hours before returning to school and be fever free
Pinkeye-need to be seen by physician and on an antibiotic for 24 hours before returning to school
Live head lice
Heavy cold-any excessive drainage, coughing, and/or sneezing

I am looking forward to a healthy and happy 2018!

Phone: 815-469-3366


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Information about the Flu from the Centers of Disease Control

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