Flu, cold and virus season is upon us

Now that school has resumed for the year and the weather is about to change, staff and students are in closer contact for an extended period every day. Flu, cold and virus season is also upon us. Following are tips to help prevent you and your family from becoming ill this season.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • If you have a current medical condition and weakened immune system, take special precautions and get a flu shot if needed.
  • Stay home from work or school if you become ill to prevent others from becoming ill.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing to prevent the spread of germs and viruses, or cough into your elbow.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, and keep your hands away from your nose and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated, especially when someone is ill.

Healthy habits can help to create a great school year.

If your child has existing respiratory issues, and you identify increased respiratory difficulties, please contact your healthcare provider.

By |09/17/2014 10:25:25|Wellness|0 Comments

Legume Lupin on FDA Radar as Risky Allergen

August 19, 2014 — Lupin, a legume in the peanut family, can cause allergic reactions, including potentially life-threatening anaphylaxis, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns. Lupin, sometimes called lupine, is relatively new to the US market, the FDA notes. Some Americans may not be aware of this legume, which can be found in packaged food products and in the form of lupini beans at Italian and other ethnic specialty stores. “For many people, eating lupin or a lupin-derived ingredient, such as a flour, is safe. But there are reports in the medical literature of allergic reactions to lupin, some of which can be severe,” Stefano Luccioli, MD, a senior medical advisor at the FDA, says in the update.

Check the Label:
This legume is likely to become more popular because lupin-derived ingredients are “good substitutes” for gluten-containing flours and are frequently being used in gluten-free products, the FDA says. “We’re seeing more gluten-free products on the grocery aisles these days,” Dr. Luccioli reports, and increasingly, consumers are more aware of gluten and are buying these products. Therefore, the FDA says, it’s “increasingly important that they recognize that lupin is a potential allergen.” “While many parents know to look for and avoid peanut ingredients in the diet of their peanut-allergic child, they may have no idea what lupin is or whether it is an ingredient that could cause their child harm,” Dr. Luccioli notes. Consumers wishing to avoid this legume should carefully scan product labels for “lupin” or “lupine,” the FDA advises.The FDA is actively monitoring complaints of lupin allergies in the US. They ask consumers and health providers to report lupin-related adverse events to the FDA by phone at 240-402-2405; by email at CAERS@cfsan.fda.gov; or by mail to FDA, CAERS, HFS-700, 2A-012/CPK1, 5100 Paint Branch Parkway, College Park, MD 20740.

By |08/28/2014 7:10:27|Wellness|0 Comments

Exclusion Day – February 19

The Oregon Immunization Program would like parents to know that children with missing immunizations will not be able to attend school as of Wednesday, February 19, 2014. Parents of adolescents grades 7 – 12, must have the TDAP (tetanus shot). The Hepatitis A vaccine is required for students kindergarten through fifth grades.
If your child needs these immunizations, the local public health department, on 4th Street in Hermiston, will be open on Saturday, February 15, from 10 am until 2 pm. You may also contact your health care provider. If you have any questions, please contact the health department at 541-567-3113, Oregon SafeNet at 1-800-723-3638, or visit the web site at www.healthoregon.org/imm.
If your child does not have the required immunizations by February 19, you will be contacted to take your child home until you complete the required immunizations.

By |01/24/2014 10:06:07|Wellness|0 Comments

Give Kids a Smile Day – February 7

ODSFriday, February 7th, is GIVE KIDS A SMILE® DAY. Dentists from La Grande and surrounding counties in Eastern Oregon as well as ODS College of Dental Sciences will provide FREE dental services to qualifying children. This event is part of the American Dental Association’s Give Kids A Smile Program.

GIVE KIDS A SMILE® DAY is held annually to:

provide free dental services to local, uninsured and under-insured children aged 17 years and under
raise awareness of the epidemic of untreated dental disease occurring here and across the country and
raise awareness of the need to build local public and private partnerships to increase access to oral health care to solve this crisis.
If you are interested in finding out more information or to schedule your child for an appointment, contact ODS School of Dental Hygiene at 541-663-2721. Together, we can give kids a smile!

By |12/08/2013 11:23:27|Wellness|0 Comments

Temperature and Wind Chill

We have all witnessed that a cool breeze can make a warm day feel colder. Following is a chart of temperature depicting how wind makes it cooler. The entire document, including an explanation page, is linked below.

File: Temperature and Wind Chill

By |11/24/2013 2:50:31|Wellness|0 Comments