Health Office Reminders

Morris parents and guardians, please remember that all students entering Kindergarten and 4th grade are required to provide an updated physical exam and immunization record before the start of the 2019-2020 school year.

With the arrival of warmer weather, we begin to spend more time outside, enjoying walks, playing in the park or maybe doing some gardening. Everyone should be doing DAILY tick checks. Early detection and treatment of tick borne illness is key for avoiding the chronic syndrome that can result from a tick bite.

  • Check yourself, your children and your pets for ticks daily after coming inside. I always used bath and bedtime as an opportunity to check my children. Be sure to look closely, and in all of the “tick’s favorite hiding places”…
    • Inside and behind the ears
    • Along your hairline
    • Back of your neck
    • Armpits
    • Groin
    • Legs
    • Behind your knees
    • Between your toes
  • Ticks are tiny, so look for new “freckles”
  • If you find a tick attached to the skin, don’t panic. Use a pair of fine point tweezers to grip the tick as close to the skin as possible and pull straight out with steady pressure. After removal, wash the area well with soap and water.

Please see your medical professional if you have questions about your child’s exposure to ticks, or concerns about a possible tick-borne illness. I have included the following websites for reference information:

https://www.mass.gov/service-details/tick-borne-disease-information-for-the-public

https://www.cdc.gov/ticks/index.html, https://www.mass.gov/tick-borne-diseases

 

Health and Happiness,

Jen Drees, RN BSN NCSN