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Bethel Health Center

Bethel School District has become aware that some students are absent because of a respiratory illness. From the information we have at this point, it appears that the illness might be caused by influenza or “flu”.

What is flu? Flu is a contagious respiratory illness that is caused by a virus. It is thought to be spread by droplets made when people cough, sneeze or talk. It is also possible to transmit flu by touching a surface or object that has the flu virus on it, and then touching their own mouth, nose or eyes. The average incubation period for flu is 2 days but can range between 1-4 days. Those with flu can infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick.

Symptoms: Fever (100 ºF or higher), cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, feeling very tired, vomiting or diarrhea. Not everyone that has flu has all of these symptoms.

How serious is it? The severity of flu is unpredictable and can vary from person to person. Certain people are at a higher risk of complication from flu. These include the elderly, young children, pregnant women and people with certain health conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease). Complication of flu can include bacterial pneumonia, ear infection, dehydration, and worsening of chronic medical conditions. Immunocompromised or high-risk individuals (e.g., people with cancer, pregnant women, the elderly) should seek medical care promptly if they develop flu-like symptoms.

If you think your child has the flu, the following will help you and help prevent others from getting sick:

  • Stay at home for 24 hours until after fever has resolved without the aid of fever reducing medicines (e.g., Advil or Tylenol)
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when sick. Maintain distance from other people to prevent the spread of illness.
  • Wash hands often with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds. Alcohol- based hand sanitizers are also helpful in reducing the spread of the flu.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or by coughing into the inside of the elbow. Wash hands after blowing the nose or coughing into a tissue, and dispose
  • of tissues after use.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth to prevent the spread of germs.

The Bethel Health Center is a full service medical clinic located at 1525 Echo Hollow Rd Suite A (Cascade Middle School)

Open Mon-Thurs during the school year.
Call for appointment 541-607-1430

If you have any questions, concerns, or need assistance, please contact Lane County Health and Human Services at 541-682-4041.

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El Distrito Escolar Bethel se ha dado cuenta de que algunos estudiantes están ausentes debido a una enfermedad respiratoria. De la información que tenemos en este punto, parece que la enfermedad podría ser causada por la influenza o “gripe”.

¿Qué es la gripe? La gripe es una enfermedad respiratoria contagiosa que es causada por un virus. Se cree que se propaga por las gotitas provenientes cuando la gente tose, estornuda o habla. También es posible transmitir la gripe tocando una superficie u objeto que tiene el virus de la gripe en ella, y luego tocar su propia boca, nariz u ojos. El período de incubación promedio para la gripe es de 2 días, pero puede variar entre 1-4 días. Aquellos con gripe pueden infectar a otros comenzando un día antes de que los síntomas se desarrollen y de 5 a 7 días después de enfermarse.

Síntomas: Fiebre (100 ºF o superior), tos, dolor de garganta, secreción o congestión nasal, dolor de cuerpo, sensación de cansancio, vómito o diarrea. No todos los que tienen gripe tienen todos estos síntomas.

¿Qué tan grave es? La gravedad de la gripe es impredecible y puede variar de persona a persona. Ciertas personas tienen un mayor riesgo de complicaciones por la gripe. Estos incluyen los ancianos, los niños pequeños, las mujeres embarazadas y las personas con ciertas condiciones de salud (como asma, diabetes o enfermedad cardíaca). La complicación de la gripe puede incluir neumonía bacteriana, infección del oído, deshidratación y empeoramiento de condiciones médicas crónicas. Las personas inmunocomprometidas o de alto riesgo (por ejemplo, las personas con cáncer, las mujeres embarazadas, los ancianos) deben buscar atención médica con prontitud si desarrollan síntomas similares a los de la gripe.

Si cree que su hijo tiene la gripe, lo siguiente le ayudará y ayudará a prevenir que otros se enfermen:

• Permanezca en casa durante 24 horas hasta que se haya resuelto la fiebre sin la ayuda de medicamentos para reducir la fiebre (por ejemplo, Advil o Tylenol)
• Evitar el contacto cercano con personas que están enfermas.
• Quédese en casa cuando esté enfermo. Mantenga la distancia de otras personas para prevenir la propagación de la enfermedad.
• Lávese las manos a menudo con jabón y agua caliente durante al menos 20 segundos. Los desinfectantes para manos a base de alcohol también son útiles para reducir la propagación de la gripe.
• Cubra tos y estornudos con pañuelos desechables o tosiendo en el interior del codo. Lavarse las manos después de sonarse la nariz o toser en un pañuelo desechable y
desechar el pañuelo después del uso.
• Evite tocar los ojos, la nariz y la boca para evitar la propagación de gérmenes.

El Centro de Salud Bethel es una clínica completa como la clínica de un doctor, pero con la diferencia que está en una escuela. Para más información o para hacer citas llamar al 541-607-1430.

Si tiene alguna pregunta, preocupación o necesita asistencia, comuníquese con el Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos del Condado de Lane al 541-682-4041

Good Health Habits

 

Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.

 

If possible, stay home from work, school and errands when you are sick. You will prevent others from catching your illness.

 

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, use the bend of your elbow if no tissue is available. This may prevent those around you from getting sick.

 

Clean your hands!

Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs.

 

Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose or mouth.

strepthroatIllness with Students and Staff

We are asking for your help in keeping our classroom a healthy place for all our students and staff. Many common illnesses are spread from person to person through casual contact.  Our staff and children work and play very closely together and can easily spread germs.

Rationale for keeping an ill child at home:

  • Some of our children may have physical conditions that make even common illnesses dangerous to their health.
  • Many common illnesses that children get can be spread from person to person. Some of these illnesses can be life threatening,  especially for people with chronic diseases such as cancer.

If your child gets- or is exposed-to one of the illnesses listed below, please report this to the school office as soon as possible.

Please see the attached flier about when to keep your child home (and when it’s OK for them to return to school). In addition, there are some illnesses that can be very contagious and/or dangerous.  If you suspect your child has one of these (or has been exposed-this includes family members, other kids at day care, etc).   DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL:

  • Chicken pox
  • Mumps
  • Shingles/Herpes
  • Fifth’s disease
  • Hepatitis
  • Measles
  • Rubella (German measles)
  • Active TB (tuberculosis)

If you have questions about whether or not to send your child, you can call your child’s doctor, Bethel Health Center or the School District Nurse.

If we have concerns about your child’s health, we will send your child home.

If we can’t reach you, we will use the emergency contact numbers, so please make sure we have updated contact information.

Thank you for your help keeping all of us healthy and safe!

The Bethel Health Center is a full service medical clinic located at 1525 Echo Hollow Rd Suite A (Cascade Middle School)

Open Mon-Thurs during the school year. Call for appointment 541-607-1430

WHEN SHOULD I KEEP MY CHILD HOME?

STUDENTS   SYMPTOMS/DIAGNOSED

ILLNESS:

STUDENT MAY RETURN TO SCHOOL

WHEN:

1. FEVER GREATER THAN 100° 1. Temperature below 100° (orally) for a minimum of 24 hours without use of a fever- reducing medication.
2. Rash or rash with fever-new of sudden onset. 2. Rash disappears. Written or phone consent* from M.D. to school nurse.
3. Brown, gray, tan or yellow drainage from nose, eyes, or any other part of the body. 3. Discharge must be gone or student must have been on antibiotics for 24 hours and have written or phone consent* form MD to school nurse.
4. Vomiting 4. Symptom-free for 24 hours.
5. Diarrhea 5. Symptom-free for 24 hours.
6. Cough: Deep, barking, congested, or productive of colored mucous. 6. Symptom-free of student must have been on antibiotics for 24 hours and have written or phone consent from M.D. to school nurse.*
7. White, clay colored, or bloody stool. 7. Symptom-free or written/phone consent from M.D. to school nurse*
8. Yellow color of skin and/ or eyes 8. Symptom-free or written/phone consent from M.D. to school nurse*
9. Brown or bloody urine 9. Symptom-free or written/phone consent from M.D. to school nurse*
10. Stiff neck or headache with fever. 10. Symptom-free or written/phone consent from M.D. to school nurse*
11. Unusually sleepy, lethargic or grumpy 11. Symptom-free
12. Strep throat diagnosed by M. D. 12. Must have been on antibiotics for 24 hours and have written/phone consent* from M.D. to school nurse. If no antibiotics given, call school nurse before sending child to school
13. After an illness of two or more weeks, surgery, or other change in health status. 13. Written instructions from the doctor and parent regarding medication or special health needs must be provided to the school nurse.

* The R.N. may consult with your physician about his/her recommendation to return your child to class.

 

Bethel Health Center

Bethel Health Center
Located inside Cascade Middle School
1525 Echo Hollow Road, Suite A
Phone: 541-607-1430
Open Mon-Thurs from 8:30am – 4pm

Health care for all Bethel students and their younger siblings.

Staffed by a Nurse Practitioner who provides diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic conditions.
Accepting Private Insurance, OHP and No Insurance clients
Sliding Scale fee; no one denied services due to inability to pay.

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We are thrilled to announce that Angela Bradley, Family Nurse Practitioner is now seeing patients at the Bethel Health Center! She is available to all children who live in the Bethel School District boundaries, and also Bethel staff members and their families. We are open Monday-Thursday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.

 

In addition to our current mental health therapist Amy McCormick, we have added Michelle Rindy, LCSW to the team. She will start seeing patients next week and her schedule is Monday and Wednesday, 9:00 am -2:00 pm.