December 3-9 was National Influenza Vaccination Week. Although it is recommended to receive the influenza (flu) vaccine by the end of October, December is still an important month to raise awareness. In the United States, the flu epidemic usually peaks between December and March and can last as late as May. Most individuals with influenza will recover without issues; however, influenza can cause serious illness and death, particularly in older adults, very young children, pregnant women and those with certain medical conditions. The flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and people around you from getting sick. That is why everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every year before flu activity begins in their community. The vaccine can also make your illness milder if you do get sick, thus preventing flu related hospitalizations and reducing the number of doctor visits, and missed work and school days.
Also, it is important to note that contaminated hands are the predominant mode of transmission of infectious agents. Thus, promoting and using appropriate hygiene and cough etiquette are essential to preventing the spread of disease. Some methods include, 1) covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, )2 coughing or sneezing into your inner elbow 3) throwing the tissue away in the trash after using it, 4) avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, and 5) performing hand hygiene whenever hands have been in contact with respiratory secretions, before and after eating, after using the restroom and whenever else appropriate. Hand hygiene includes washing your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
If you do get sick with a mild flu-like illness, the Center for Disease Control recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without the use of fever reducing medicine.
LAUSD Student Health and Human Services personnel will participate with the L.A. Trust for Children's Health in hosting their annual Youth to Youth (Y2Y) Conference on Thursday, November 16, 2017, at The
California Endowment. Students and adults from the 15 Wellness Centers take part in workshops that focus on health and wellness topics such as mental health, oral health, and fitness and nutrition. Y2Y is a safe space for students to come together to network, build leadership skills, and conceptualize ways to promote the Wellness Centers on their campus and in their communities. The L.A. Trust also invites young leaders to speak about their experiences and inspire hope to the students at Y2Y. The conference will have Gage Middle School alumnus, Diego Sepulveda, an advocate for LGBTQ justice, immigrant rights and worker justice, as this year’s keynote speaker. Many of our SHHS staff help students become engaged and attend the Y2Y conference where they learn to advocate for a healthy school campus. Last year, when asked about what they liked about Y2Y, a student expressed that "it forms friendships and establishes unity," and that he "enjoyed meeting all the other youth and actually seeing how their schools enhance the lifestyles of their fellow students.”
Student Medical Services employs 13 Medical Assistants (MAs) to work in our 14 school-based health clinics around the District. LAUSD medical assistants are health professionals who support the work of school physicians and nurse practitioners. Their responsibilities include both clinical and administrative duties: Preparing exam and treatment rooms with necessary supplies/equipment; obtaining patient health history and vital signs; helping families obtain temporary Medi-Cal coverage; performing pre-exam procedures; assisting with diagnostic tests and a variety of routine lab tests; administering immunizations under the physician or nurse practitioner’s supervision; and much more.
Every year Medical Assistants Recognition Week is celebrated nationally during the third full week in October and Medical Assistants Recognition Day is observed on Wednesday of that week. Student Medical Services celebrated the outstanding work of our MAs at our October 18th staff meeting which corresponded with National Medical Assistants Recognition Day. Lunch was donated by Dr. Kimberly Uyeda, Director of Student Medical Services with desserts and beverages donated by Sr. Physician, Dr. Rosina Franco. Each MA was given a messenger bag useful for organizing and transporting materials between clinics. Thanks to the support provided by MAs in our clinics, LAUSD can boast of providing more CHDP (Child Health and Disability Prevention) program physical exams than any other entity in California. Well done!
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