Nurse's Updates

Feb. 17, 2021.  ADHD expert and Clinical Psychologist Sharon Saline has supported local families and schools for over 30 years.  Last July, she participated in a panel discussion for parents about Covid 19 concerns and return to school on behalf of the Hatfield Public Schools community.  Now, she has given us permission to share her recent blog post on "ADHD, Defiance, and COVID"....
Feb. 11, 2021.  The CDC now supports "double masking", ie, wearing a cloth mask over a surgical mask, as an option to reduce the spread of viruses.. "correct and consistent mask use is a critical step everyone can take to prevent getting and spreading COVID-19".   Here's a link that provides the most up-to-date CDC mask recommendations for how to improve mask...
Feb. 5, 2021.   "Covid 19 Pooled Testing”.    What is this?  How does this work?   What: The Dept of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE) has invited school systems to participate in an optional statewide surveillance screening program for asymptomatic students and staff.  This adds to rigorous public health measures already in place to...
Feb, 4, 2021.  The collective public health efforts finally seem to be moving the holiday surge of new Covid 19 cases down (<120,000 in the U.S.).  Thankfully.   While it's tempting to relax a bit (ie, gather at Super Bowl parties and/or hang out with friends during February School Vacation break), it's important to keep in mind how quickly the holiday ...
Feb. 2, 2021.  The NY Times (Siobhan Roberts, Published Dec. 5, 2020 / Updated Dec. 7, 2020) illustration using James Reason's "Swiss Cheese Model" nicely explains that utilizing only one public health measure has "holes".  However, consistently layering several "slices" of cheese greatly reduces our risk for becoming infected. Information about the newest strategies...
Feb. 1, 2021.  February is recognized as Black History and American Heart month with both celebrations being closely connected.  We are grateful for the often over-looked contributions of African American pioneers to our society; especially in health, medicine, and science.  James Durham ("James Derham", 1762-1802) was born into slavery working for several...
Jan. 29, 2021.  Vaccines.   In just one year, scientists have done the previously unthinkable:  developed vaccines for a previously unknown virus.  While it's exciting to contemplate the long term impacts associated with beginning worldwide vaccination programs, it's important to remember that herculean endeavors of this scale require time, effort...
Jan. 20, 2021.  Please see excerpts from a recent Northampton Area Pediatrics post that re-emphasizes the importance of continuing to follow public health measures while waiting for the vaccine:   masking, distancing, handwashing, avoiding gatherings, etc to slow the spread of the virus that causes Covid illness: COVID-19 - Looking...
Jan. 15, 2021.  The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is removing the requirement for flu vaccination for attendance in childcare/preschool, primary, secondary and postsecondary education. Preliminary data show that this has been a mild flu season to date, presumably as people have received their seasonal flu vaccine and have been adhering to mask-wearing and social distancing...
Jan. 15, 2021.  There are many resources for helping children cope with tragic events that are often broadcast as they are happening on our TVs and devices.   Even though these disturbing events are news-worthy, watching and re-watching these events can add significantly to our stress.  Research has shown that viewing violent news stories can cause PTSD-like symptoms...

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