According to the CDC, about 10 people die every day from unintentional drowning, 2 being children less than 14 years of age. Visit this site to help inform students and parents of the risks and tips to keep children safe in the water: https://www.cdc.gov/SafeChild/Drowning/index.html
Norovirus was the 2nd leading cause of outbreaks in untreated recreational water, such as lakes, from 1978-2010. It can live in water for several months or possibly even years. Swimming venues that are not treated with chloride can pose a particular risk since there are no chemicals to kill the stomach virus. Swimmers can help protect themselves, their families, and friends from the norovirus by following a few easy and effective steps:
- Keep pee, poop, sweat, and dirt out of the water
- Don’t swim if you have diarrhea or have been vomiting
- Shower before you get in the water
- Don’t swallow lake or pool water
- Take kids on bathroom breaks
- Check diapers, and change them in a bathroom or diaper-changing area -- to keep germs away from the water.
Bicycle-related injuries and deaths can be prevented by ALWAYS wearing bicycle helmets (which are properly fitted) every time you ride. All bicyclists, regardless of age, can help protect themselves by wearing properly fitted bicycle helmets every time they ride. Learn more about Bicycle Safety from the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/bicycle/index.html
Tick-borne disease symptoms vary by type of infection and can include fever, fatigue, headache, and rash. Clinicians or families are encouraged to make use of the brochure: “Tick-borne Disease of the U.S.: A Reference Manual for Providers”, published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2013. The manual contains information on tick identification, disease symptoms, lab testing, and recommended treatment. You can download this manual at: https://www.cdc.gov/lyme/resources/tickbornediseases.pdf
If your child has a special diet or health concern, please list these on the emergency cards, so that a health care plan can be created for the new school year.
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