Archived Health News and Alerts

Influenza Season
Yolo county has been seeing an abnormally early increase in influenza cases, most of which are Influenza Type B. Influenza B usually circulates in the second half of the season and affects younger people more seriously than adults. The health department strongly recommends people get flu vaccination now, without delay. If you think you or your child has influenza, contact your health care provider. If your child is ill, please remember to keep them home until they are vomiting and fever free for 24 hours without medication.
Nationwide Outbreak of Lung Injury Associated with the Use of E-Cigarettes/Vaping
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and California Department of Public Health (CDPH) urge everyone to refrain from vaping until current investigations are complete. Since June 2019, CDPH has received reports that 163 people in California, who have a history of vaping, were hospitalized for lung damage and four people have died. Over 20 children (0-18 years) have required intensive care hospitalization with over half needing mechanical ventilation due to this condition. The cases are tracked, investigated and reported weekly by CDHP. “Vaping” is inhaling aerosol that can contain nicotine, marijuana (THC), cannabinoid (CBD) oils or other substances from devices frequently referred to as e-cigarettes, e‐cigs, vapes, vape pens, electronic vaporizers, pod mods, or pod systems. The CDC has identified a link between this lung injury and vitamin E acetate used as an additive in these products.
Pertussis Reminder
There has been at least one possible case of Pertussis (whooping cough) in our school district. There have been 22 reported cases in Yolo county to date this year. Please take time to review some important health information regarding this vaccine-preventable illness.
Measles Update
Measles is a highly contagious viral disease, but it is vaccine-preventable. In 2019, five measles outbreaks have been reported in California; four of the outbreaks were linked to patients with international travel, while one had an unknown source. The California Department of Public Health tracks occurrences (here). For more information see: Measles Letter from the Yolo County Health and Human Services Agency  Spanish
Student Health and Re-enrollment
When completing online re-enrollment via the parent portal, please enter all current health-related information each year, even if the condition has been previously reported. The privacy of student health records is protected by a federal law, commonly called FERPA. For more information, please visit this web page: Health Records, Privacy, and Consents.
2019-20 Immunization Requirements
Starting this 2019-2020 school year, school immunization requirements include:
2 (rather than 1) doses of chickenpox vaccine, 2 MMR doses and 3 Hepatitis B vaccine doses at admission or transfer for all K-12 students. Tdap is still required for all incoming 7th graders as well as 2 doses of Varicella (chickenpox). You may refer to shotsforschool.org for more information. 
Physical Education
We would like to remind you that PE attendance is a state requirement and students in grades 7-9 may not be excused from PE due to outside sports involvement. In the event that your child is sick or injured, and temporarily unable to participate in P.E., please provide written instructions (including specific illness/injury, date expected to return, and requested limitations/modifications) to your student’s teacher/counselor. If your child has a medical condition which limits his/her participation in Physical Education for longer than 3 days, fill out a PE Exclusion or Limitation form with their doctor.
Food Allergies
We have an increasing number of students with life-threatening food allergies. Please review theDJUSD Guide to Life Threatening Food Allergies for information regarding safety and district guidelines. (Spanish version) Information About Food Allergies for Parents of All Children
Vaping on the rise in junior high and high school students
Vaping on the rise in junior high and high school students -click here for more information
Medication at School
If your child takes prescription or over-the-counter medication at school a new Medication Assistance Authorization is required for the 2018-19 school year. For more information contact the school office or  your school nurse.
Student Health
When completing online re-enrollment via the parent portal, please enter all current health-related information each year, even if the condition has been previously reported. The privacy of student health records is protected by a federal law, commonly called FERPA. For more information, please visit our Health Records, Privacy, and Consents page.
K/1st Oral Health Form
To make sure your child is ready for school, California law, Education Code Section 49452.8, requires that your child have an oral health assessment (dental checkup) by December 31 in either kindergarten or first grade, whichever is his or her first year in public school. Assessments that have happened within the 12 months before your child enters school also meet this requirement. The law specifies that the assessment must be done by a licensed dentist or other licensed or registered dental health professional. Contact your school for the form or see the Enrollment page
Influenza
Signs and symptoms of influenza include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, and fatigue. Here are some simple steps you can take to prevent the spread of influenza:
• CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses. There is still time to get your flu shot!
• Wash hands frequently – Wash hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand rub. Be sure to wash hands after using a tissue.
• Stay home when sick - Individuals who are sick with flu symptoms should stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicines, such as Tylenol.
• Cover coughs and sneezes – Cough or sneeze into a tissue or clothing.
• Avoid touching eyes, mouth, or nose
• Try to avoid close contact with individuals who are sick
• Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects often
New Vaccination Law effective January 1, 2016
Dear Parent or Guardian:
Under a new law known as SB 277, beginning January 1, 2016 exemptions based on personal beliefs will no longer be an option for the vaccines that are currently required for entry into child care or school in California. Most families will not be affected by the new law because their children have received all required vaccinations. Personal beliefs exemptions on file for a child already attending child care or school will remain valid until the child reaches the next immunization checkpoint at kindergarten (including transitional kindergarten) or 7th grade.
For more information about SB 277, please see the Frequently Asked Questions available at: http://www.shotsforschool.org/laws/sb277faq/.
For more information about school immunization requirements and resources, please visit the California Department of Public Health’s website at www.shotsforschool.org, or contact your local health department or county office of education.
Thank you for helping us to keep our children and community healthy.
Sincerely,
Laura Juanitas
Director of Student Support Services