Flu Season

The flu has been popping up in communities and schools in Nebraska. There are a number of actions you can take to prevent the spread of the flu and other virus’s. The best defense against the flu is of course the flu vaccine. It is recommended that the vaccine be given from October through February. Another way to prevent the spread of the flu and other virus’ is hand washing, and remember to use a Kleenex or your sleeve to cover your cough or sneeze. It has been recommended that if you have a fever greater the 100 degrees or have been vomiting, that you avoid crowds until you have been free from fever for 24 hours. The following information has been obtained from WebMd and provides a list of signs and symptoms of the flu. The flu is characterized by a collection of symptoms that can often occur suddenly, including:
  1. Fever (higher than 100° F)
    A fever occurs when your body temperature increases in response to illness or injury. Your temperature is considered elevated when it is higher than 100°F.
  2. Chills
    Body chills that are not related to a cold environment can be a sign of the flu.
  3. Headache
    A headache associated with the flu may appear suddenly, and be related to body aches or nasal congestion you're experiencing.
  4. Extreme tiredness
    It's normal to feel tired at the end of a long day or when you don't get adequate sleep, but unexplained tiredness can be a sign of the flu.
  5. Dry cough
    Know your cough. A productive cough (coughing up mucus) is common with a cold, while a non-productive or dry cough (with no mucus) is associated with the flu.
  6. Sore throat
    Swelling in the throat can lead to a sore throat.
  7. Runny nose
    Runny nose may also occur but is more common in children than adults.
  8. Muscle aches
    While it is normal to feel body aches from physical overexertion, body aches that are sudden and unexplained can be a sign of the flu.
  9. Stomach symptoms
    Stomach symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea are more common in children than in adults
  10. Chest discomfort
    Chest discomfort is often severe with the flu.

Notes From the Nurse

Notes from the Nurse:




Your child's 6th grade school nurse will provide you with a packet that contains all the medical paperwork required for entrance to 7th grade. 


Requirements for 7th grade are: 

  1. Comprehensive physical  

  1. Eye exam 

  1. Dental exam 

  1. 7th grade immunizations 

  1. Tdap is required by State Law 

  1. Hepatitis A, Human Papillomavirus (HPV), Meningococcal (Menactra) and influenza are also recommended by pediatricians and family doctors  

  1.  If your student has been diagnosed with asthma and/or takes medication at school, (Tylenol, cough drops, eye drops or any prescription medication) a new order from the doctor as well as labeled medication are required at the start of each new school year. 


It is recommended that you make a copy of all required documents for your records and in case originals are misplaced. 


All paperwork must be turned into Morton Magnet Middle School by the first day of school. 


If your child is considering playing sports at Morton, the following additional paperwork is required.  Links to these forms can be found on the Morton website (www.ops.org/middle/morton) and will also be available in the fall at Morton. 


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Morton Magnet Middle School Nurse at 402-557-4715. 


Winter Hazards
The onset of winter brings with it the cough and cold season. Consequently, there may be more medicines in the home then at other times of the year. The Nebraska Regional Poison Center would like to alert you to some of the potential problems associated with incorrect or accidental usage of these medicines.
·    Remember, prevention is the best treatment for poisonings.
·    Keep all medicines in a locked cupboard.
·    Always check with the other parent to prevent double-dosing of a child.
·    Be sure to turn the lights on at night to ensure correct use of the medicine.

Cough and Cold Medicines:
These medications may contain antihistamines, decongestants, and/or cough suppressants. Some also contain aspirin and acetaminophen or even alcohol. Used incorrectly these drugs can have a stimulant effect on a child or may cause extreme drowsiness. Alcohol although usually found in small concentrations in such medicines, if taken in large quantity can cause drunkenness, low blood sugar, and seizures in children.

Aspirin, Non-Aspirin and Ibuprofen Pain Relievers:
Aspirin, acetaminophen and ibuprofen are used for pain relief and to reduce a fever. These ingredients are found in pill and liquid form, as well as in children and adult strengths. Some medications contain both aspirin and acetaminophen. In addition, a new extra-strength children's tablet can now be purchased. The possibility for confusion is great. When used incorrectly, aspirin can cause bleeding, acetaminophen can cause liver damage and Motrin can cause stomach pain. Always read labels for dosage instructions and never exceed dosage recommendations without talking with your doctor. When taking two medicines, always be sure the ingredients are different. Of course, always keep these medicines out of reach of your children.

Antibiotics are often prescribed by doctors for infections. Many times they are stored in the refrigerator where children can see them. When the medicine must be kept in the refrigerator, place the bottle in a paper sack closed with masking tape or tied shut with bells on a string, or place it in a plastic container with a tight lid. Always call The Poison Center if a child gets into antibiotics. Some antibiotics can be toxic in large amounts or may cause an allergic reaction.

Children’s vitamins come in multicolored, multi-flavored, and attractive shapes which encourage ingestion by the young and inquisitive. Vitamins may be toxic in an overdose and must be treated as a medicine. Never refer to vitamins as candy. Storing no more then a week’s supply of vitamins in the kitchen and keeping the large bottle elsewhere, in a locked box can prevent accidental poisoning.

If you suspect your child has been poisoned, call the Nebraska Regional Poison Center immediately, 1-800-222-1222 or in the Omaha area 955-5555.
Remember that a permission for medication form signed by a Doctor and parent are required for all medications to be given at school including over-the-counter medications.
                                                                              Tonja Frank
                                                                               (402) 557-4715
5th and 6th Graders
Human Growth and Development will be taught by the nurse toward the end of March. Forms and additional information will be sent home with your student.
7th Graders
Students entering 7th grade at Morton Magnet School in August 2008 are required by the State of Nebraska to have a current physical dated after 3-15-08, a dental exam, and all immunizations must be current.
If you plan on trying out for a Morton Team in 2008-2009, a current physical must by on file with the nurse. Any physical exam dated 3-15-08 or later is acceptable and must be on file with the nurse prior to athletic participation.
8th Graders
Health screenings are currently being performed. Height, weight, vision, hearing and scoliosis are examined. Any abnormal findings are reported to the parent via US Mail.
Students, your immunizations and health records will be sent to the high school you have chosen to attend. If you plan on playing sports in high school, a physical must be on file with the high school nurse and be dated after 5-1-08 to be acceptable.

Students entering 5th or 6th grade;

No physical is required

It is recommended that all immunizations are up to date

Medications required during school must have a physicians order, parent permission and the students name on the prescription bottle.

Students entering 7th grade;

Physical and dental exams are required

Immunizations must be current.  It is recommended that you speak with your doctor about Tdap, HPV, H1N1, Influenza and Menactra.  The Tdap is required for all 7th grade students for the 2010-2011 school year.

Medications – Inhalers, Tylenol, cough drops and/or prescription medications require the necessary physician orders such as an Asthma Action Plan or physicians permit to distribute medications at school.

Students entering 8th grade;

No physical required unless participating in sports.

Immunizations must be current.

If you have any questions, please contact me at 557-4715.


Tonja Frank, RN

School Based Health Centers

School-Based Health Centers !

Indian Hills Elementary
Spring Lake Magnet Elementary
Liberty Elementary
3121 U Street
4215 S. 20th Street
2021 St. Mary’s Avenue
Omaha, NE 68107
Omaha, NE 68107
Omaha, NE 68102
Kellom Elementary
Belvedere Elementary
King Science Magnet
1311 N. 24th Street
3775 Curtis Avenue
3720 Florence Boulevard
Omaha, NE 68102
Omaha, NE 68111
Omaha, NE 68110

School-based health centers (SBHC) provide health care services on-site, helping to eliminate many of the common health care barriers families face. Staffed with a Nurse Practitioner and Medical Assistant, the SBHC will be able to diagnose and treat for acute conditions and illnesses, and help students and families manage chronic conditions such as diabetes or asthma. The goals of the SBHC are to;
  1. Providing on-site care for acute and chronic health conditions; resulting in improved attendance and early identification of health issues
  2. Open a line of communication and education with parents concerning the health of your child
  3. Connect every family to a medical home with a primary care physician or family doctor
  4. Help all eligible families enroll in Medicaid or Kid’s Connection, while providing assistance to navigate these systems
For students and their child siblings to become eligible for services of the SBHC, a parent consent form will be sent home late summer, early fall. Once completed, your child will be able to be screened and treated for common health issues arising during the school day. So, as we begin the 2011-12 school year, please be on the look out for flyers and consent forms. It is our goal to have every child healthy, and in school, ensuring they receive a quality education. 
¡Próximo en la escuela cerca de usted
Centros de Salud Basados en las Escuelas!
Primaria Indian Hills
Primaria Spring Lake Magnet
Primaria Liberty
3121 U Street
4215 S. 20th Street
2021 St. Mary’s Avenue
Omaha, NE 68107
Omaha, NE 68107
Omaha, NE 68102
Primaria Kellom
Primaria Belvedere
King Science Magnet
1311 N. 24th Street
3775 Curtis Avenue
3720 Florence Boulevard
Omaha, NE 68102
Omaha, NE 68111
Omaha, NE 68110
Los centros de salud basados en las escuelas (SBHC) proveerán servicios de salud en el edificio, ayudando a eliminar muchas de las barreras del cuidado de salud que las familias enfrentan. Con una enfermera practicante y un asistente médico como personal, el SBHC podrá diagnosticar y tratar condiciones agudas y enfermedades, y para ayudar a los estudiantes y a las familias a manager condiciones crónicas tales como diabetes o asma. Las metas del  SBHC son;
  1. Proveer cuidado en la misma escuela a condiciones de salud crónicas y agudas; resultando en el mejorar la asistencia y la identificación temprana de problemas de salud
  2. Abre una línea de comunicación y educación con los padres concerniente a la salud de su hijo
  3. Conecta a cada familia a un hogar medico con un doctor del cuidado de salud o un doctor familiar
  4. Ayude a todas las familias elegibles a inscribirse en “Medicaid” o “Kid’s Connection”, mientras provee asistencia para navegar en estos sistemas
Para que los estudiantes y sus hermanos sean elegibles para los servicios del SBHC, la forma del consentimiento del padre será enviada a las casas a finales del verano, a principios del otoño. Al completarla, su hijo podrá ser evaluado y tratado por problemas de salud común  o que se presenten durante el día. Así, que cuando comencemos el año escolar 2011-12, por favor este pendiente de los boletines y las formas de consentimiento. Es nuestra meta de que todos los niños estén saludables y en la escuela,  asegurándonos que reciben educación de calidad.