The school nurse, Annette Fechenbach, is at Ben Franklin part time. She is also the building nurse at other schools in LWSD.
Too Sick for School? - Illness Guidelines
Here is useful Information regarding student health:New Immunization Exemption Law
Please read this document For parents of children with serious life-threatening health conditions If your child has a life-threatening health condition, the following requirements must be met before your child can attend school. You must supply the required emergency medication, health care provider orders, an individual health plan, and any necessary supplies on or before the first day of school. Until these requirements are met, your child will not be able to attend school. If you have any questions, please call Health Services support personnel at our Special Services Office (425)936-1201.
What is Mumps?
Mumps is a disease caused by a virus. It typically starts with a few days of fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, and a loss of appetite. Then a person with mumps may develop swollen cheeks or jaw. Most people with mumps get well in a few weeks. Some people who get mumps may have a mild illness or may not even know that they have the disease. However, mumps can occasionally cause serious health problems, especially in adults. These health problems can include swelling of the brain or deafness.
How is Mumps spread?
- You can spread mumps by coughing, sneezing, or spraying saliva while talking. It can also be spread by:
- sharing cups, spoons, forks, baby bottles, and other utensils
- touching objects or surfaces that may have been touched by someone with mumps
- Mumps can spread widely if someone who has mumps goes to a place where many people are gathered.
Who is more likely to get Mumps?
- Babies less than 1 year old
- Children over 1 year of age who have not received at least 1 dose of mumps vaccine
- Adults born in 1957 or later who have not been vaccinated or have not had mumps before.
How can you prevent Mumps?
- Get mumps vaccine (included in the MMR vaccine).
- Stay away from anyone who has mumps.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water.
- Don’t share cups, spoons, forks, baby bottles, and other utensils.
What to do if you think you have Mumps
- Call your doctor if you or your child has the signs of mumps: fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, loss of appetite, and swollen cheeks or jaw.
- Stay home and away from other people. This includes staying away from family as much as possible so they don’t get sick.
About mumps: http://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/communicabl...
For updates on the mumps outbreak in King County, follow the Public Health Insider blog (publichealthinsider.com)
Read about Mumps Outbreaks: Why We Care About Mumps and Is the Vaccine Working? By Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County