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.