Wednesday, September 14, 2016

College Night 2016 is September 15

College Night 2016
Sierra Pacific High School Event Center
1259 13th Ave. Hanford, Ca. 93230
Free Admission
75 Colleges and Universities | Military Reps

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Health Update: About the Zika Virus

What is Zika?

The Zika virus is an infectious disease transmitted to people by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes (yellow fever mosquitoes) and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes (Asian tiger mosquitoes).

How do people get Zika? 

  • Through the bite of infected mosquitoes: A mosquito can only transmit Zika virus after it bites a person who has the virus. Then the mosquito transmits the virus to another person. Through sexual contact with an infected person. 
  • Through pregnancy/birth from a pregnant woman to her fetus/baby. Zika virus infection in pregnant women can cause microcephaly (abnormally small head and brain), other serious brain abnormalities in newborns, and stillbirth. This occurs after a pregnant woman infected with Zika virus passes the virus to her developing fetus. 
  • Zika is NOT transmitted directly from one person to another through casual contact such as touching an infected person.
Where does Zika Occur? 

The yellow fever and Asian tiger mosquitoes are not native to California. Zika occurs in many tropical and sub-tropical areas of the world, particularly in Africa, Southeast Asia, and islands in the Pacific Ocean. Recent outbreaks have occurred in the Caribbean, Central and South America, and Mexico. However, in August 2016, local transmission was confirmed in Miami-Dade County, Florida.

What are the symptoms and treatment of Zika?

Most people infected with Zika virus have no symptoms.
If symptoms develop, the most common are fever, rash, joint pain, and/or red eyes.
Symptoms begin a few days to a week after being bitten by an infected mosquito or having unprotected sex with an infected partner.
The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week.
Currently, there is no specific treatment for Zika. Discuss with your physician about medications to help reduce these symptoms; plenty of rest and fluid intake are also helpful. Most people will feel better in about a week.

What can people do to keep from getting Zika? 

  • There is no vaccine to prevent Zika. In areas where Zika is present, everyone, including pregnant women and women of childbearing age, should protect themselves from mosquito bites: 
    • Apply EPA-registered mosquito repellents containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or para-menthane-diol to exposed skin and clothing. 
    • Using insect repellent is safe and effective. Children, pregnant women and women who are breastfeeding can and should choose an EPA-registered insect repellent and use it according to the product label. 
    • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants. Wear lightweight, loose fitting clothing during the warmer months.
    • Use air conditioning or window/door screens or mosquito net to keep mosquitoes outside. 
  • Because of the potential transmission of Zika virus through sex, the risk for sexual transmission of Zika virus can be eliminated by abstinence and reduced by correct and consistent use of condoms. Both asymptomatic and symptomatic men and women who have traveled to an area of active Zika virus transmission and have a pregnant partner should abstain from sexual activity or use condoms consistently and correctly during sex for the duration of the pregnancy. 
  • Conduct routine mosquito control
    • Treat standing water that will not be used for drinking or swimming with larvicides. 
    • Use outdoor and indoor insecticides according to label instructions to kill mosquitoes. Repair screens on windows and doors. 
    • Check your yard often for water-filled containers. Clean, empty, or cover those containers that hold water where mosquitoes could lay eggs. 
  • If you are sick with fever, rash, red eyes, or joint pain within 2 weeks after returning from a trip where Zika occurs, contact your physician. 
  • Contact your local vector control agency or health department if you detect unusual numbers of mosquitoes or you are being bitten during the day. 
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): 

Monday, August 22, 2016

Health News: Back to School 2016

Nurse's Note

WELCOME BACK to 2016-17 school year! I hope you all had a relaxing summer and enjoyed spending time with your families and friends.
I’m privileged to serve you and your students. It is my goal to provide health services and to educate your students with health and wellness information. Healthy children can learn better in a safe and nurturing environment. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any concerns regarding your child’s health. Please provide me with information and documentation, so that I can easily relay information and education to their teachers. I am here to assist your students with any health concerns and to provide a proper health care plan for your child’s health condition. Please utilize me as a resource if you have any questions on where or how your child can receive health care services.

 If you have a concern regarding to your child’s hearing or vision, please contact me as I am able to perform a quick hearing or vision screening. I can refer your student to obtain further evaluation. Please know that any information and documentation you provide or any contact I have with your student is confidential. I wish you and your students a healthy school year. Please contact me with any further questions or concerns.

Somjai Cochran, RN/HJUHSD District Nurse
559-583-5902 ext. 4038 Fax: 559-583-5946

Medication At School

All student medication-prescription and non- prescription will require a doctor’s note. Most medications will be stored in the nursing office. With the parent’s permission and with clear doctor’s instruction, students may be given medication by a school employee:

  • A new school medication in school form is required each school year. You can pick up the form at the nurse office. 
  • If your child needs to have medication kept at school, please have your child’s physician fill out the Medication in School Form. 
  • Please bring the doctor’s written order and properly labeled medication to your child’s school site. 
  •  Medication must be delivered to the school in its original container/label. Prescription labels must include the student’s name, doctor’s name, correct medication and dosage, and clear instructions. 
  • Please let the Health Office Staff know if your child has any health concerns. We love and care about our students and would like to have a plan of care in place for your child.

Please remember students can only be allowed to self-carry and self-administer emergency medications (inhaler, glucagon, EpiPen), if the school is provided with Medication in School Form. Failure to properly follow directions or endanger self or others will result in a loss of this privilege.

Freshman Immunizations


  • Polio: 4 doses (3 doses is ok, if last one was given on or after the 4th birthday) 
  • Dtap: 5 doses (4 doses meet requirement, if last one was given on or after the 4th birthday)
  • MMR: 2 doses
  • Hepatitis B: 3 doses
  • Varicella: 1 dose
  • Tdap Booster: 1 dose


  • Meningococcal (MCV 4)
    • It is a serious illness caused by bacteria that can infect the blood or areas around the brain and spinal cord. Infection can lead to brain damage, disability, and rapid death.
    • It is the most common form of meningococcal disease. Common symptoms of meningitis include stiff neck, headache, and high fever 
    • Meningococcal Vaccines can help prevent meningococcal disease
    • College freshman in dorms are at higher risk of catching meningococcal disease
  • Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
    • Is the most common sexually transmitted infection 
    • HPV is so common that nearly all sexually active men and women get it at some point in their lives.
    • HPV can be passed even when an infected person has no signs or symptoms You also can develop symptoms years after you are infected 
    • HPV can cause cervical and other cancers, such as oropharyngeal cancer, cancer of genital areas, etc. 
    • There are vaccines that can stop these health problems from happening

Check with your health care provider about which MCV4 vaccines and HPV vaccines your child needs.

Friday, August 19, 2016

HJUHSD named one of the Healthiest Company's in America

The Hanford Joint Union High School District is proud to announce that it has been named one of the Healthiest Companies in America by Interactive Health, a national leader known for its personalized wellness solutions.

HJUHSD is one of 154 companies across the country being recognized for helping employees make significant and sometimes life-saving changes to improve their health.

With the help of strategic and flexible wellness initiatives, the Healthiest Companies in America recipients have accomplished tremendous success, achieving participation rates in excess of 70 percent and a low-risk health score for their total population, based on rigorous and clinically sound health evaluations.

Interactive Health’s workplace wellness programs transform companies and their employees by helping people understand how they can improve their health. Beginning with a thorough health evaluation to identify risk, individuals learn more about their health status through: rapid outreach by health coaches, connection to personal physicians and other resources, and a personalized course of action. In addition, members who engage with the Interactive Health member website during their program have a 12-percent higher rate of achievement of personal health goals than those who do not take advantage of the online tools.

“It can be done. The Healthiest Companies in America award recipients prove that employers can both engage their employees and improve their health outcomes,” said Cathy Kenworthy, President and CEO of Interactive Health. “With holistic, engaging and personalized workplace wellness programs that encourage and achieve great participation, employees lead healthier and more productive lives. Interactive Health programs are tailored to address both the emotional and physical needs of each person, which has proven to be the most effective approach in empowering individuals to improve their health. We are so proud to applaud the success of each and every organization receiving this award.”

Monday, August 15, 2016

HJUHSD Google Apps Training on demand for staff and students

HJUHSD is now offering Google Apps Training and Help for all staff and students.

The next time you login to your HJUHSD Google Apps account in your Chrome Browser, you will see the Google Apps Help icon at the top right of your screen.

The Google Apps Training and Help app is like a virtual tutor, providing on-demand help and guiding you through specific tasks and features right inside your HJUHSD Google Apps.

Whenever you are in an HJUHSD Google App (Mail, Calendar, Drive, Sites, Classroom, Hangouts, etc.), you can click the new Google Apps Help icon at the top right of your window and choose from a variety of context-aware, interactive, step-by-step, audio/video tutorials that open and run right inside your Google App.

You can also search for specific on-demand tutorials, set a self-paced lesson plan and even quickly and easily share lessons with other HJUHSD staff or students.

The first time you use the Google Apps Help and Training App, it may ask for permission to access your HJUHSD Google Apps account information. 

​Just click accept and you will be ready to start learning!

Try it out today!