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submitted by Amy Grill

• Centers for Disease Control recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the single most important way to protect yourself against the flu virus.

• The flu vaccine can reduce flu illnesses, doctor appointments, missed school and work, as well as preventing hospitalizations from flu-related illnesses.

• Everyone 6 months and older should receive a flu vaccine.

• Flu vaccines can be given as early as October, but can continue to be given throughout flu season. Flu related illnesses usually peak in January, so get your vaccine now. It will take 2 weeks for the vaccine to develop antibodies in your body that will provide protection against the flu.

• You can receive a flu vaccine in most pharmacies, urgent care centers, doctor’s offices and college health centers.

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submitted by Julie Reed

Fall allergies got you down and maybe you feel like hiding out in your home.

Fall can be one of the worst times of the year for those 40 million Americans that suffer from seasonal allergies. With the cooler weather, changing foliage, grain harvests and release of pollens, these triggers can lead even the most “seasoned” allergy suffer to just want to throw in the towel.

Allergy symptoms can vary depending on which part of the body is exposed.
Eyes and nose: Watery, itchy eyes, mucous, runny nose and sneezing
Lungs : Wheezing, asthma flare-ups
Mouth: Itching in the back of the throat, upset stomach
Skin: Hives; dry, itchy skin and eczema.
Anaphylaxis: A life-threatening allergic reaction

Tips for controlling fall allergies
1. Buy a dehumidifier for your home: This will help cut down on molds and dust.
2. Stay clean: Wash pollens off our skin and hair after spending time outside.
3. Check pollen levels: Minimize time outside when levels are high.
4. Avoid hanging clothing out to dry: Pollen will attach itself to the clothing and then be on you.
5. Take an OTC antihistamine: There are many effective OTC medications even non-drowsy and long-lasting formula’s.
6. Buy hypoallergenic filters: Use HEPA filters and change them monthly
7. Use an air conditioner at night: Resist the urge to open those windows at night.
8. See a doctor, if needed: Proper allergy testing will help identify the cause of your suffering and determine the proper treatment.

Get more information on allergies at

Wheat allergy. Photography. Britannica ImageQuest. Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 25 May 2016. Accessed 24 Oct 2016.

submitted by Sarah Garcia

Welcome back for the new school year! The Warsaw School Nurses want to helpfully remind parents that your student’s immunizations were due on the 1st day of school, and that by Indiana State Law, they must be turned-in before September 12, 2016, or your child will be excluded from school attendance.
*If you have any questions about your child’s immunizations, please contact the nurse at your child’s school.

Here are some important facts about immunizations from National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM):
* Vaccines protect against serious diseases. Vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective public health tools available for preventing disease and death.
* Among children born during 1994-2013, vaccination will prevent an estimated 322 million illnesses, 21 million hospitalizations, and 732,000 deaths over the course of their lifetimes.
* Vaccines are very safe. Vaccines are thoroughly tested before licensing and carefully monitored even after they are licensed to ensure that they are very safe. Side effects are usually mild and temporary. Some people may have allergic reactions to certain vaccines, but serious and long-term side effects are rare.
* Vaccination is important because it not only protects the person receiving the vaccine, but it also helps prevent the spread of certain diseases, especially to those that are most vulnerable to serious complications, such as infants and young children, elderly, and those with chronic conditions and weakened immune system.

Children. Photography. Britannica ImageQuest. Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 25 May 2016. Accessed 7 Sep 2016.
Over 50-60 million people are living with allergies in the United States.
  • The top 8 allergens are grasses, ragweed, cats, food, house dust mites, birch, dogs, and venom.
  • Triggers for allergies can be manifested in respiratory symptoms such as sneezing, itchy nose, watery eyes, and shortness of breath. They can also be skin or stomach related.
  • Talk with your doctor if you are experiencing these symptoms. Keep a log, as this may help in making a diagnosis.
  • If your allergies seem to be bad during this season, keep your windows closed to reduce pollen coming in to your home. Change your air filter frequently and wash bed linens and pillowcases in hot water on a regular basis. 
  • Check or the weather channel app to find how high the pollen counts are in your area.

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Healthy family tips:
1. Frequent hand washing can help prevent the spread of germs. Cover coughs with your elbow, not your hands.
2. Wear sun screen if tanning, playing or working in the sun. Moisturize your skin often.
3. Showering before bedtime can remove allergens from hair and skin.
4. Share Internet safety tips to help reduce cyber bullying for your child.
5. Healthier you 5-2-1-0. FIVE or more fruits and vegetables. TWO hours or less of screen time. ONE hour of physical exercise. ZERO- sugary drinks. Visit:

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