Information and Resources
Prevention of Mosquito-Borne Illness
Mosquito-borne diseases are spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. Although it is rare, some mosquitos in Connecticut have been found to carry Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and the West Nile virus (WNV). The way to protect yourself from mosquito-borne diseases is to take some simple steps to prevent mosquito bites. This includes applying insect repellent and covering bare skin, especially during dusk and dawn when biting mosquitoes are most active. Please follow this link with information about the best ways to prevent mosquito bites: https://www.cdc.gov/features/stopmosquitoes/index.html
Prevención de enfermedades transmitidas por mosquitos
Las enfermedades transmitidas por mosquitos se transmiten por la picadura de un mosquito infectado. Aunque es raro, se ha encontrado que algunos mosquitos en Connecticut portan el virus del Nilo Occidental (VNO) y la Encefalitis Equina Oriental (EEE), también conocida como “Triple E”. La forma de protegerse de las enfermedades transmitidas por mosquitos es tomar algunas medidas simples para prevenir las picaduras de mosquitos. Esto incluye la aplicación de repelente de insectos y cubrir la piel desnuda, especialmente durante el anochecer y el amanecer cuando los mosquitos picadores están más activos. Sigue este enlace con información sobre las mejores formas de prevenir las picaduras de mosquitos: https://www.cdc.gov/features/stopmosquitoes/index.html
The Hartford News created this great story about our Dental Clinics Serving Students Inside Hartford Public Schools.
NBC Connecticut created this wonderful piece about Health Care Clinics For Students in Hartford: Hartford schools are offering back-to-school health clinics for students.
About Influenza (the Flu)
As the weather begins to change, we will have children with sniffles and coughs in school. Your child’s best line of defense is good hand washing! Encourage your child to wash hands frequently throughout the day and especially before meals.
Please consider getting your child a flu shot to keep healthy during the winter. Remember that flu shots are mandatory for all Pre-K students. Make sure to call your school nurse if you have questions about this.
Deb Chameides, Health Services Coordinator
Como el clima cambia, tendremos los estudiantes con moqueo y tos en las escuelas. La mejor defensa es que su hijo/hija se lave las manos bien! Anima a sus hijos/as que se laven las manos frecuentemente durante todo el día y especialmente antes de comer.
Por favor considere darle a su hijo/a una vacuna contra la gripe para mantenerse saludable durante el invierno. Recuerde que la vacuna contra la gripe es obligatoria para todos los estudiantes de Pre-K. Por favor de llamar a la enfermera en su escuela si tienes preguntas sobre esto.
Deb Chameides, Coordinadora de Servicios de Salud
ORAL HEALTH FACTS FROM THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION (CDC)
Tooth decay (cavities) is one of the most common chronic conditions of childhood in the United States. About 1 of 5 (20%) children aged 5–11 years have at least one untreated decayed tooth, and about 1 of 7 (13%) adolescents aged 12–19 years have at least one untreated decayed tooth.
Poor oral health can have a detrimental effect on children’s quality of life, their performance at school, and their success later in life. Tooth decay is preventable and ensuring that students have the preventive oral health services they need in school is important in helping them stay healthy and ready to learn. Dental sealants prevent tooth decay and also stop cavities from growing – they result in a large reduction in tooth decay among school-aged children 5-16 years of age.
For more information about Hartford Public School’s School-Based Dental Clinics, please visit https://www.hartfordschools.org/dental-program. Call #860-695-8780 to schedule a dental appt for your child. We treat every child regardless of insurance status.
Other Important Links
- Connecticut HUSKY Health Program - low-cost or free health coverage
- Free Screenings for Breast and Cervical Cancer, and Cardiovascular Diseases to age and income eligible Connecticut women
- About Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease
- Zika Virus Information
- Five Important Reasons to Vaccinate Your Child
- Every Smile Counts: Read about how you can help your child develop good dental and oral health.
- Important letter about the Enterovirus D68
Nursing Services envisions a holistic approach to health care which encompasses health promotion, health maintenance, detection of altered health status, and treatment of students within the school environment. Our primary aim is to collaborate with other health care providers, support staff, teachers, and parents to promote a healthy environment for students to learn at their optimal potential.
The Coordinator of Health Services is Debbie Chameides, MA, RN, MSN. She works year round Monday through Friday and is available to answer any questions about health services in the Hartford Public Schools. Please feel free to call or email her at:
Hartford Public Schools
960 Main Street
Hartford, Ct. 06103
Our Medical Director, Dr. Kurt Myers, is available for medical consultation or policy questions and can be reached through Debbie at the contact information listed above.