• Mental health Awareness
    As we all continue to adjust to our new "normal" of remote learning, social distancing, and staying at home, we should keep in mind that many people are struggling with their mental health and this new way of being. Many of us aren't able to connect with our friends, peers, and community in the same way we did before COVID-19. We've had to get creative in finding, or creating, new support networks. This is happening over facetime or zoom calls, writing letters, participating in birthday parades, or social distancing walks with friends, etc.
    Getting back to basics also helps. Focus on creating a routine that works for YOUR family (each family routine might look a little different, and that's ok). Focus on self-care for you and your family. Take walks, read, listen to music, cook or bake, do whatever it is that calms you down and brings you and your family joy.
    If you find that your typical coping mechanisms are not working for you, or if you are feeling especially alone or hopeless, there is help.
    Contact Martha's Vineyard Community Services MV Community Services HELP
    Statewide Crisis Hotlines are also available Suicide Prevention Information
    World Immunization week

    April 24th-30th 2020

    Globally we are now experiencing a pandemic of an illness that does not have a vaccine! Vaccines have been a part of our routine health care. We stay healthy as a whole community because of "herd immunity." Herd immunity is a form of indirect protection from infectious disease that occurs when a large percentage of the population has become immune to an infection, whether through previous infections or through vaccination. Herd immunity provideds protection for individuals who are not immune to the infectious disease.

    It’s World Immunization Week April 24th-30th, and as we await the development and distribution of a vaccine that will help protect us from COVID-19, we have to take other measures to protect ourselves AND OTHERS in our community….something that vaccines help us do, when we have and use them.  As a community, we are practicing social distancing, increasing hand hygiene practices, wiping down surfaces frequently, and staying home when we are sick to protect ourselves, but also to decrease the spread of the virus to our elderly, our infants, and our immune-compromised. We all have to do our part to keep our comminity healthy.

    Protected Together

    Scientists have created vaccines to protect against these illnesses (CDC):

    Adenovirus, Anthrax, Cholera, Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), Human Papillomavirus (HPV), Seasonal Influenza (Flu), Japanese Encephalitis, Measles, Meningococcal, Mumps, Pertussis, Pneumococcal, Polio, Rabies, Rotavirus, Rubella, Shingles, Smallpox, Tetanus, Tuberculosis, Typhoid Fever, Varicella, Yellow Fever
    In light of the confirmed case of measles in Massachusetts, the MV school nurses would like to provide an update to the email that was sent before February vacation (please see the link below for the full article about measles in MA). According to the CDC, from January 1 to March 28, 2019, 387 individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 15 states.  This is the second-greatest number of cases reported in the U.S. since measles was eliminated in 2000.
    Measles is one of the most contagious of all infectious diseases. Approximately 9 out of 10 susceptible individuals who come into close contact with a person who has measles will become infected. The virus is transmitted by direct contact with infectious droplets or when an infected person breathes, coughs, or sneezes and it becomes airborne. The measles virus can remain infectious in the air for up to two hours after an infected person leaves an area. Vulnerable populations who are at high risk for complications related to the measles infection include; infants and children younger than 5 years of age, pregnant women, and people with compromised immune systems. 

    The MMR series that is required for school attendance consists of 2 vaccines. One is administered at 12 months, and the other at 5 years. This series is 97% effective at preventing measles. One dose of the vaccine is 93% effective. If your child has received 1 dose of MMR, please consider having a titer done for your child (a titer is a blood test that determines if antibodies for a certain disease are present in the blood stream). If your child has not had any MMR doses, please consider having your child vaccinated. You can contact your child’s pediatrician to verify your child’s immunization status, and to schedule an appointment. 
    Please remember that if there is a measles case in your child's school, all students with religious or medical exemptions will be excluded from school as described in the Reportable Diseases and Isolation and Quarantine Requirements 105 CMR 300.000. Many families will be traveling over April vacation, therefore we felt that we needed to share this very important information with our families. For more information please see the links below. 
    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child's school nurse or healthcare provider. 
    Com a confirmação do caso de sarampo em Massachusetts, as enfermeiras das escolas de  MV gostariam de fornecer uma atualização para o email que foi enviado antes das férias de fevereiro (por favor, veja o link abaixo para o artigo completo sobre sarampo em MA). De acordo com o CDC, de 1º de janeiro a 28 de março de 2019, 387 casos individuais de sarampo foram confirmados em 15 estados. Este é o segundo maior número de casos relatados nos EUA desde que o sarampo foi eliminado em 2000. 
    Sarampo é uma das doenças mais contagiosas entre todas as doenças contagiosas. Aproximadamente 9 entre 10 indivíduos suscetíveis que entram em contato com uma pessoa com sarampo serão infectadas. O vírus é transmitido por contato direto com micro-gotas infectadas ou quando uma pessoa infectada respira, tosse ou espirra e o vírus fica livre no ar. O vírus do sarampo pode permanecer infeccioso no ar por até 2 horas após a pessoa doente deixar a área. Populações vulneráveis sujeitas a alto risco de complicações relacionadas ao sarampo incluem: bebes, crianças com menos de 5 anos de idade, mulheres gravidas e pessoas com o sistema imune comprometido.
    A serie de vacinas MMR, requerida para entrar na escola, é constituída de duas vacinas. Uma dose administrada até 12 meses, e outra dose depois de 5 anos. Esta série de vacinas é 97% efetiva em prevenir o sarampo. Uma dose somente da vacina é 93% efetiva. Se sua criança recebeu somente uma dose da vacina MMR, considere fazer um “titer”, teste sanguíneo que determina se anticorpos contra uma certa doença estão presentes no sangue. Se sua criança não recebeu nenhuma dose de MMR, por favor considere vacinar sua criança. Os senhores podem contatar o pediatra de sua criança para verificar o status de imunização de sua criança.
    Por favor lembrem-se que se houver um caso de sarampo na escola de sua criança, todos os estudantes com isenção medica ou religiosa serão excluídos da escola, conforme descrito no documento Reportable Diseases and Isolation and Quarantine Requirements 105 CMR 300.000. Varias famílias viajarão durante as férias de abril, e por isso como enfermeiras escolares decidimos divulgar esta informação importante com as nossas famílias. Para mais informações por favor refiram-se aos links abaixo.
    Se houver qualquer duvida ou preocupação, por favor contate a enfermeira na escola de sua criança ou seu pediatra. 





    In order for middle school students to be eligible to participate in school sports, they must have received a sports physical within the past 13 months. This is an MIAA rule, and applies at all Massachusetts public schools. If your child has signed up to participate in school sports, please bring in a copy of their most recent physical. Or you could have the doctor's office fax a copy to me on my private fax line (508)696-8617. If your child has not received a physical within the past 13 months, please schedule one immediately to avoid disruption to their practice and game schedule. I am available if you have any questions or concerns. 


    For parents of our 8th graders, please keep in mind that this rule applies to high school students as well. If your child intends to play high school sports, they will need to provide proof of a current sports physical before they are even allowed to practice.