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    Take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs  CLICK ON THE LINK TO THE LEFT FOR WAYS TO STAY HEALTHY FROM THE CDC!

    • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
    • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
    • If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
    • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. After using a tissue, throw it in the trash and wash your hands.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
    • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like flu.
    Posted Oct 8, 2019, 6:57 AM by Krista Murray
  • CDC confirms measles case in Maine
    ALERT: Confirmed Measles Case in Maine

    Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting the first case of measles in Maine this year. Maine CDC confirmed the case on May 20th, 2019. The case involves a school aged child from Somerset County. The child was vaccinated, did not have any serious complications, and is fully recovered from the disease. Maine CDC is working with the family and clinicians to identify exposed contacts and assess contacts for evidence of immunity. 

    Measles is a highly contagious respiratory illness caused by a virus. Maine clinicians are asked to encourage vaccination and increase surveillance for rash illness suggestive of measles to identify early potential cases and prevent the spread of disease in Maine. Measles is an acute viral respiratory illness. It is characterized by a prodrome of fever (as high as 105°F) and malaise, cough, coryza, and conjunctivitis followed several days later by a maculopapular rash. The rash usually appears about 14 days after a person is exposed. The rash spreads from the head to the trunk to the lower extremities. Measles can cause severe health complications including pneumonia, encephalitis, and death. Measles is transmitted when an infected person coughs or sneezes; infected people are contagious from four days before their rash starts through four days afterwards. After an infected person leaves a location, the virus remains viable for up to two hours on surfaces and in the air. Vaccination is the best method of protection against measles. The incubation period after exposure to onset of symptoms is typically 10-14 days, but can be as long as 21 days. 

    For More Information: • Maine CDC’s measles webpage:
    Posted May 22, 2019, 6:49 AM by Krista Murray
  • Flu season

     The beginning of the cold and flu season is upon us. To prevent widespread flu in the school, we recommend that your child stay home from school if experiencing flu or cold symptoms. To decide whether or not to send your child to school, please consider the following guidelines:

    Consider keeping your child at home for an extra day of rest and observation if he or she has any of the following symptoms:

    • Very stuffy or runny nose and/or cough

    • Mild sore throat (no fever, no known exposure to strep)

    • Headache

    • Mild stomach ache

    Definitely keep your child at home for treatment and observation if he or she has any of these symptoms:

    • Fever (greater than 99.6 degrees by mouth and your child may return to school only after his or her temperature has been consistently below 99.6 degrees, by mouth, for a minimum of 24 hours)

    • Vomiting (even once)

    • Diarrhea

    • Chills

    • General malaise or feelings of fatigue, discomfort, weakness or muscle aches

    • Frequent congested (wet) or croupy cough

    • Lots of nasal congestion with frequent blowing of nose

    To help prevent the flu and other colds, teach your children good hygiene habits:

    • Wash hands frequently

    • Do not touch eyes, nose or mouth

    • Cover mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, use a paper tissue, throw it away and then wash hands

    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

    • Get influenza vaccination each year

    Colds are the most contagious during the first 48 hours. A child who has a fever should remain at home until "fever free" for a minimum of 24 hours. A child who has started antibiotics needs to be on the medication for 48 hours before considered non-contagious and able to return to school. Often when a child awakens with vague complaints (the way colds and flu begin) it is wise to observe your child at home for an hour or two before deciding whether or not to bring to school. Your child should be physically able to participate in all school activities on return to school. Keeping a sick child at home will minimize the spread of infections and viruses in our schools.

    Thank you in advance for helping make this year at school as healthy as possible.  We appreciate your support!!

    Posted Sep 26, 2018, 11:14 AM by Krista Murray
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    The Maine Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Education have revised the Maine School Immunization Requirements rule to now include meningococcal meningitis disease. These changes further align Maine’s immunization rules with current national recommendations to better protect the health of all Maine people. Meningococcal disease is a rare, but dangerous disease that strikes healthy young people without warning. It can affect all ages, but teens and young adults are at highest risk of getting the disease.

    The following changes are effective for the 2018-2019 school year for all students attending a public or private school in the State of Maine:

    • One dose of meningococcal vaccine MCV4 (serogroups A, C, W, and Y) is required for all students entering 7th grade.

    • Two doses of meningococcal vaccine MCV4 are required for students entering 12th grade, with a minimum interval of 8 weeks between dose one and dose two. If the first dose of meningococcal vaccine was administered on or after the 16th birthday, a second dose is not required. If a student entering 12th grade is 15 years of age or younger, only one dose is required.

    ***Your child will be required to have proof of these vaccinations before they are allowed to start the school year.

    We are providing you with this information now so that you have ample time to schedule an appointment prior to the first day of the 2018-2019 school year.  

    Posted Apr 26, 2018, 7:45 AM by Krista Murray
  • INFLUENZA CASES 4/2/2018

    It is important for you to know we have had several cases of confirmed influenza this week in our schools. We are asking for your help in the prevention of this contagious disease.

    When you question if your child is ill and could possibly have contracted a flu-like illness, please do not send him/her to school. Influenza is highly contagious, and the contagious period in children lasts up to 7 days. Headache, fever, body aches, and respiratory symptoms are symptoms you should look for.

    Tips to help protect you and your family from the spread of influenza:

    • Hand hygiene: you should wash hands or use alcohol hand rubs or gels after being in public or after contact with anyone with a cold or influenza

    • When coughing, one should turn the head and cough or sneeze into a disposable tissue and promptly dispose of the used tissue; or cough into the inside of the elbow if a tissue is not available.

    • Avoid taking young children or immunocompromised people into large crowds unnecessarily when influenza is in the community

    • Avoid close contact (holding, kissing) between infants and anyone who has a cold or the flu

    • Do not share things that go into the mouth, such as drinking cups, straws, etc.

    • If people are experiencing respiratory symptoms with a sore throat and/or fever, they should stay home to prevent spread of the infection.

    ***If you have concerns about your child’s illness, contact your health care provider, request to have your child evaluated and swabbed for the flu.

    We appreciate your help in preventing the spread of infection,

    The Nurses of MSAD 52

    Posted Apr 4, 2018, 9:12 AM by Krista Murray
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