Nurse's Updates

September 20, 2021.  Several local Pediatricians' Offices report that they need to delay or restict access for Covid testing to only those patients who have symptoms (see Norhtampton Area Pediatrics Sept. 17 e-newsletter).  Also, anecdotal reports from parents indicate similar issues at other local test sites:  there is a shortage of testing supplies.  ...
Sept. 15, 2021: Community Narcan Training Next Monday from 4-6 pm! At 154 Federal St., Greenfield MA   · Harm reduction specialists from Tapestry Greenfield’s Syringe Access Program will teach participants how to effectively use Narcan to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose · Hear from Youth Program participants about how young people can help to create more open...
Suicide Prevention Week Information
Sept. 8, 2021.  Thanks to an astute parent, please note the helpful resources on this Suicide Prevention Awareness flyer from suicideispreventable.org, a California agency.  If you know someone who may be at risk, please call or text the national help lines for support.  Every person, organization and community can play a role in suicide prevention by knowing the signs of...
Aug 31, 2021.  To facilitate COVID Vaccine Admininstration for interested families of eligible students, we are exploring the possibility of hosting a clinic here in Hatfield with our partners at the Hatfield Board of Health.  In the meantime, we invite families to consider enrolling their students (ages 12+) for a regular clinics being hosted by Northampton High School through...
Aug. 30, 2021.   We are pleased to announce that Hatfield Public Schools has been accepted for the 2021-22 DESE/DPH statewide Routine COVID Safety Checks project (formerly “Pooled Testing”).  Our new partner lab (Cambridge Innovation Center Health Co.) will be providing CIC PCR Testing  for all MA Schools.  Here’s the new Consent Form for all interested HPS...
Aug. 7. 2021.  Elite Olympic athletes including Michael Phelps, Naomi Osaka, and Simone Biles among others have been shining a long-overdue light on mental health.  Stress can induce anxiety and depression in any one of us; including the 35% of olympic athletes who have reported these health concerns.  Just as we wouldn't hesitate to seek health care treatments and supports for a...
Aug. 5, 2021.   Families are reminded to provide immunization and physical exam documents dated and signed by your child’s PCP (Primary Care Provider) from within the past year to help assure continuity of care while your child is in school.   All students entering grades K, 4, 7, 10, and 11 are required by MA Dept. of Public Health to have these forms filed with the...
Aug. 4, 2021.  We’re continuing to learn and may even be weary about COVID.  Because scientists must publish the bad and the ugly as well as the good; the learning at times is understandably challenging. It helps to focus on what we know and don’t yet know.  We know that viruses need a host animal to replicate.  We humans are the host and the means of COVID...
July 15, 2021.  "Rain, rain go away....".  We all know that increased rain brings more puddles, aka, incubators for mosquitoes to lay their eggs.  Ticks have also returned; thus this opportunity to review how to protect ourselves from most insect-borne diseases while we enjoy being outdoors.   Our friends at MA DPH tell is that there are simple steps that you...
July 14, 2021.   Re: Covid Vaccines, researchers at the CDC tell us: What We Know COVID-19 vaccines are effective at preventing COVID-19 disease, especially severe illness and death. COVID-19 vaccines reduce the risk of people spreading COVID-19. What We’re Still Learning How effective the vaccines are against variants of the virus that causes COVID-19. Early data...

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