Monday, January 29, 2018

Influenza (Flu)

The most recent information from the CDC indicates "widespread flu (influenza) activity" in Vermont and across the country.  

Here's a few reminders to help keep your family healthy.
  • Wash your hands frequently!! This is the BEST way to keep yourself (and your family) healthy. Lather for 20 seconds; don't forget your thumbs, fingernails, and the back of your hands; turn off the faucet with a paper towel. 
  • If you haven't received your flu shot, please consider getting one to help prevent the spread of flu. Even though the effectiveness is lower this year (about 30%)  it is still better than zero protection.  
  • Please remember to keep your child home if he or she is sick. Your child should not return to school until at least 24 hours after the fever has resolved (without fever reducing medicine such as Tylenol or Advil)

Is it a cold or the flu?  Should you call your child's pediatrician?  

Click on the  Flu Decision Chart

What are the serious warning signs of flu?  If you or your child has these symptoms, get treatment at the nearest emergency room right away.  Flu symptoms and complications

Wednesday, November 1, 2017


Healthy students are better learners. The American Academy of Pediatrics’
Bright Futures recommends an annual well-child exam to address the physical,
social and emotional needs of students. Doing so promotes attendance, enhances
the student's ability to fully access and enjoy the educational experience and
promotes better academic outcomes.

Click on this link to see the the AAP Bright Futures  recommendations for preventative

Thursday, June 8, 2017

UMS Field Day: Sun and Heat Safety

It is finally starting to feel like summer and UMS Field Day is happening soon.  Your child will participate in many fun activities and there is not a lot of shade at Airport Park.

Follow these tips to help prevent sunburn and heat related illness.

Sun Safety
  • Apply sunscreen before your child comes to school.  Sunscreen should be reapplied every 2-3 hours.  Send sunscreen with your child and show him or her how to use it
  • Children should wear a hat and light colored clothing.  
  • Send sunglasses if your child has them.
Heat Safety
  • Hydration, hydration, hydration!  This is the number one way to prevent heat related illness.
  • Your child must bring a water bottle to Field Day.  Encourage your child to drink often.

For more information about sunscreen and sun safety, click here Sun Safety

To learn more about heat safety, click here heat related illnesses

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Skin Irritation from Gypsy Moth Caterpillars

Brown-tail moth caterpillar

Spring has sprung and gypsy moth caterpillars are active.  It is predicted to be a bad year for this invasive pest. The gypsy moth caterpillar is not a fussy eater. It has a preference for leaves of deciduous hardwood trees such as maple, elm, and oak.  However, during heavy infestations, competition for food will drive the caterpillar to attack almost any tree or shrub.

Most problems from caterpillar exposures are due to tiny hairs (setae) or actual spines on a caterpillar's body. Some cause allergic reactions. To learn about how to best remove these tiny hairs and to treat a reaction, open this link:  

Caterpillars and Treatment of Stings

Monday, May 22, 2017

Bicycle Safety

Spring is a great time to learn to ride a bike or improve your skills.
Here is a link to information about bike safety and how a bicycle works.
Have a safe and happy ride.

Bike Safety 101 - A Guide For Parents

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Be Tick Smart

Spring is finally here. Flowers are starting to bloom and ticks are active.
The tick in the picture on the right, was removed from a UMS student before the April break.

Tick information materials have been ordered from the Vermont Department of Health. I will send home these cards and booklets as soon as they are available.

Here is a link to resources about ticks and tick borne diseases:  Information about Ticks

Friday, April 7, 2017

Ventolin (Albuterol) HFA Inhaler Recall

GlaxoSmithKline has issued a voluntary recall for some Ventolin (albuterol) HFA inhalers as a precaution.  Due to leaking, the inhaler may contain fewer doses than is indicated on the dose counter.

The three lots affected are:
  • 6ZP0003     
  • 6ZP9944
  • 6ZP9848
For specific information about what to do if your child's inhaler is part of the recall, click on this link from the AAFA (Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America).
GSK voluntary recall of ventolin (albuterol) HFA inhalers

If your child has this brand inhaler at school, I will check the lot number and notify you if it is part of the recall.

Influenza (Flu)

The most recent information from the CDC indicates "widespread flu (influenza) activity" in Vermont  and across the country.  htt...