Beginning with the 2013 -14 school year, all children entering seventh grade must receive or have already received a dose of Tdap vaccine to protect them from pertussis (whooping cough). Parents do not have to wait until their child enters the seventh grade as children as young as seven years old can be vaccinated. Parents will need to provide their child’s school with a South Carolina Certificate of Immunization showing that their child received this newly required Tdap vaccine. Parents, please don’t wait – avoid the rush by making an appointment with your child’s healthcare provider to get the required Tdap vaccine and other vaccines recommended for your child’s protection.
Health tips to Prevent or Slow the spread of seasonal influenza.
Check your child for flu symptoms. Keep your child home if he/she has a fever of 100 degrees or higher. Children with flu will need to stay home until the fever is gone for 24 hours without taking medicines to reduce fever. The usual time is 3-5 days.
Symptoms of flu can range from fever, to runny noses, body aches, headaches, feeling tired or a combination of symptoms.
Practice frequent hand washing and covering your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze at home.
.If symptoms present as nausea and vomiting your child should remain home for at least 24 hours after the last episode of vomiting.