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Oct
5

Don't Forget Your Flu Vaccine!

Happy Friday from the Health Office!

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Influenza (flu) season occurs in the fall and the winter (October to May) but usually peaks from November to March. The flu is a virus that is spread through coughing, sneezing, and close contact. The difference between the common cold and the flu is that the common cold may start off with a runny nose and sneezing and then may progress gradually.  The flu comes on suddenly with many symptoms that may include: 

  • Fever/chills
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle/body aches – usually severe with the flu
  • Fatigue
  • Cough
  • Headache
  • Runny/stuffy nose
  • Vomiting/diarrhea

The symptoms can last for several days to two weeks and can cause mild to severe illness. Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the best way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated every year. Once you get vaccinated, it takes approximately two weeks for the body to make antibodies to protect you against the flu but lasts throughout the entire flu season. Don’t wait until the flu is running rampant! Protect yourself now!


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Thank You Notes:

  • ...to the family of Grace Martin for the donation of tissues and snacks!

  • ...to the family of Sara Surette for the donation of tissues!
  • ...to the family of Ruby and Simone Tricca for the donation of tissues and wipes!
  • to the anonymous donor for a donation of tissues!

ALL donations are very much needed and greatly appreciated to help care for the students and staff at Parker!

ATTENTION: Winter Sport Athletes

Please go to the Health Portal (studentehr.com) and complete the following documents:

  • Athlete Registration (only if not completed this school year)
  • Concussion Information Sheet (only if not completed this school year)
  • Opioid Misuse Prevention Sheet (only if not completed this school year)
  • Pre-Participation Head Injury Reporting (only if not completed this school year)
  • Current physical (within 13 months of the start of the season) can be uploaded to the Health Portal under "screenings" and "attach proof of physical."  Hard copies can be sent to Nurse Lisa if you prefer.  There are no exceptions and students are not allowed to participate in practices if they don’t have a current physical.  Sports physicals can be done at most urgent care facilities as well as CVS Minute Clinics.

All the above documents must be completed before an athlete can participate.  Please email Lisa Zick at lzick@theparkerschool.org if you have problems or questions.

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Things Needed for the Health Office:

  • Tissues (LOTS of runny noses right now!)

  • Cough drops

  • Band-Aids (all sizes)

  • Feminine Products

Be well - Smile often - Stay healthy! 

Warm Regards, Lisa
Liza Zick, BSN, RN
School Nurse
Office Hours: 8:15 AM - 3:45 PM
(Weds until 2:15 PM)
Phone: 978-772-3293 x135
Fax: 978-772-9494

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