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NEWS RELEASE July 12, 2019

 

Health Director Reports First Measles Case in Ohio

Dr. Amy Acton reminds Ohioans that vaccinations are the safest,
most-effective way to prevent vaccine-preventable diseases

 

COLUMBUS – Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Director Amy Acton, MD, MPH has confirmed the state’s first measles case of 2019. The young adult from Stark County recently traveled to a state with confirmed measles cases. ODH is currently not disclosing additional information about the infected individual.

Ohio occasionally sees measles cases as the result of importations from other countries where measles remains endemic. This is the first confirmed measles case in Ohio since 2017. Twenty-eight states, including many neighboring states, already have measles cases, with several having confirmed measles outbreaks. Previously, Ohio’s last confirmed measles outbreak was in 2014, with 382 confirmed cases.

chart“Vaccinations save lives, period. I urge everyone who can, to get vaccinated,” said Director Acton. “Vaccination is the safest, most effective way to prevent serious vaccine-preventable diseases in children and adults, including measles.”

Measles is extremely contagious and can spread to others through coughing and sneezing. If one person has measles, up to 90% of those who come into contact with that person and who are not immune will also become infected. The measles virus can live for up to two hours in air where an infected person coughed or sneezed. If other people breathe the contaminated air or touch an infected surface and then touch their eyes, noses, or mouths, they can become infected. People infected with measles can spread it to others from four days before, through four days after, a rash appears.

Measles is still common in many parts of world, and large outbreaks are currently occurring in Israel, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, Ukraine, and the Philippines. Travelers with measles bring the disease into U.S. where it can spread in communities with pockets of unvaccinated people. Those planning international travel are encouraged to contact their healthcare providers to ensure they are fully protected against measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases.

Measles symptoms include a rash, high fever, runny nose, cough, loss of appetite and red, watery eyes. The rash usually lasts 5-6 days and begins at the hairline, moves to the face and upper neck, and proceeds down the body. Diarrhea and ear infections are common complications of measles. More severe complications may also occur.

Complications from measles are more common among children younger than 5 years of age, adults older than 20 years of age, pregnant women, and people with compromised immune systems.

As many as one out of every 20 children with measles gets pneumonia, the most common cause of death from measles in young children. About one child out of every 1,000 who get measles will develop encephalitis (swelling of the brain) that can lead to convulsions and can leave the child deaf or with an intellectual disability. One to three of every 1,000 children who become infected with measles will die from respiratory and neurologic complications 

Measles may cause pregnant women who have not had the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine to give birth prematurely, or have a low-birth-weight baby

Vaccines stimulate the body’s own immune system to protect the person against specific diseases. Some serious and potentially life-threatening diseases that vaccines can help prevent include but are not limited to measles, mumps, rubella, whooping cough, chickenpox, tetanus, hepatitis A and B, and flu.

“One thing is really important – vaccination is critical. We are lucky to have a high vaccination rate in Stark County and Ohio, so the vast majority of the public is protected,” said Kirkland Norris, Health Commissioner, Stark County Health Department.

“I recommend all Ohioans consult with their health care provider to make sure that you and your children have received all recommended vaccines,” said Director Acton. “Especially before students return to school. If you do not have a health care provider, contact your local health department which may offer immunization clinics.”

More information about measles is available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) website.

2019-2020 Immunization Summary for School Attendance - Kindergarten through 12th Grade (click here)


Health Services Staff 

District Nurse:
Kathleen Corrigan, BSN, BSEd, MS, RN, LSN
216-227-5129

Nurse Corrigan provides oversight to each school's Health Center.  Health Centers are staffed daily with trained Educational Aides.
 

Health Center
Telephone
Lakewood High School
Educational Aide: Sheila Sabol
Fax: 529-4290
Garfield Middle School
Educational Aide: Dianne Shoemaker
Fax 529-4146
Harding Middle School
Educational Aide: Denise McGuire
Fax: 529-4708
Emerson Elementary School
Educational Aide: Susan Hirsch 
Fax: 227-5752
Grant Elementary School
Educational Aide: Melissa Diemert
Fax: 227-5535
Harrison Elementary School
Educational Aide: Eileen Revolinsky
Fax: 227-5556
Hayes Elementary School
Educational Aide: Maureen Yantek
Fax: 227-5575
Horace Mann Elementary 
Educational Aide: Anne Egut
Fax: 227-5828
Lincoln Elementary School
Educational Aide: Katie Dieter
Fax: 227-5722
Roosevelt Elementary School
Educational Aide: Diana Kantor
Fax: 227-5739

 

 Health Services Calendar

 


 When to Keep Your Child Home from School 
With your help, school can be a healthy place for all. In order to prevent the spread of illness to others, it is suggested that your child stay home for 24 hours from the onset of:

● Vomiting
● Diarrhea (three or more watery bowel movements in a 24 hour period)
● Fever (temperature over 100.4°)

If your child is ill before school, keep him/her at home until your child is symptom free for at least 24 hours. 

These guidelines are suggested for the good of all students. A child who returns to school before being completely well runs a risk of infecting others. Exposure to common illnesses could be life threatening to immunocompromised students. 

According to the Ohio Department of Health, a physician must evaluate a suspected communicable disease:

● Bacterial conjunctivitis (pink eye)
● Staphylococcus infections (impetigo, MRSA)
● Streptococcal infections (strep throat)
● Tinea (ringworm)

Per the Ohio Department of Health, if prescribed, your child must complete at least 24 hours of appropriate prescription therapy prior to returning to school. A physician's note must be provided for reentry to school.


Substance Abuse Information:

Ohio Substance Abuse Resources for Students


Bed Bug Information:

Cuyahoga County Bed Bug Task Force - Bed Bug Identification and Treatment Information

Bed Bug Do's and Don'ts

District Action Plan


Head Lice Information:

Head Lice; A Clinical Report - American Academy of Pediatrics

Head Lice Management in the School Setting - National Association of School Nurses


 Medication Procedures 

Lakewood Schools' medication procedure is designed to ensure the health and safety of all students. Prescribed and over-the-counter medications will only be dispensed to those students providing the required authorization forms. See Medication Authorization Forms. A medication authorization form must be completed for each medication.  Forms must be renewed each
school year.  


Under no circumstances will medication be administered if the appropriate forms, signed and dated, are not submitted. Medication must to be brought to the school Health Center in the original container by an adult. Over-the-counter medications must be unopened.  

All medications will be dispensed from the Health Center; students are prohibited from carrying any prescription or over-the-counter medication with the exception of rescue inhalers, epinephrine auto injectors, or insulin. Students must provide written authorization from a physician to carry a rescue inhaler, epinephrine auto injector or insulin..  See Medication Authorization Forms.


 Health Care Action Plans 

It is recommended that a health care action plan be developed for students with chronic medical conditions. If your child has diabetes, a seizure disorder, or a severe, life-threatening allergy, please have your child's physician complete the appropriate health care action plan. See Health Care Action Plans.

Please contact Nurse Corrigan to discuss the need to develop an individualized health care action plan.


 Health Services 

To help ensure the continued good health of our students, various health screenings occur throughout the year. General vision, hearing, and dental screenings are performed on various age groups based on Ohio Department of Health recommendations. Health Center staff will notify parents if a comprehensive examination by a health care provider is recommended. If you do not want your child/children to participate in health screenings, you must notify the school in writing stating your specific wishes. 

Comprehensive examinations may be obtained through private health care providers or by one of the District's many on-site health partners. 

CCH NEW

The Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital healthcare team can provide well-child examinations, sports physicals, vaccinations, sick-child visits and mental health counseling.  Visits are paid for through your child's insurance provider.  If your child does not have insurance, a Cleveland Clinic financial counselor will assist you in exploring assistance possibilities. Appointments on the Mobile Unit or at The Medical Clinic at Lakewood High School are available by calling 216-221-5379.  

Smile

Smile Programs…the Mobile Dentists can provide both preventative and restorative care. Preventive care consists of a complete dental examination (cleaning, x-rays, and a fluoride treatment).  Restorative care may include fillings, extractions of infected baby teeth, pulpotomy (treatment of the nerves inside of baby teeth) and/or crowns.  Dental services are paid for through your insurance provider.  Smile Programs can provide free preventative services to families who need financial assistance or subsidized fees for those who qualify.  Contact the district nurse for additional information. 

OSMSFS
Ocular Services Management (OSM) provides comprehensive eye health and vision examinations for your child.  These services are billed to your insurance provider.  If your child does not have insurance, a Sight for Students voucher may be available to cover the cost of an eye exam and glasses at a local eye specialist.  Contact the district nurse for eligibility requirements. 

CCBH2 

ccbh

Cuyahoga County Board of Health (CCBH) – Dental Sealant Program provides free dental sealants for students in 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grades. Sealants are thin, plastic coatings that are painted on the biting surfaces of the back teeth by a dental hygienist and dental assistant. Sealants block food and bacteria from entering the narrow grooves of the teeth where decay is most likely to occur. Students are re-checked during 3rd and 7th grade to make sure sealants are still present. New sealants are placed if the student has new teeth or a sealant fell off. 

To have your child see an on-site health partner, please completely fill out and sign the appropriate enrollment form(s) and return the packet(s) to the Health Center at your child’s school.  See Health Services Enrollment Forms.

Please see the Health Services Calendar to find out when a program is being offered at your child's school. 

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