Welcome to the Health Room
My name is Katherine Graff and I am pleased to be the School Nurse at Fernwood Elementary. My goals are threefold; to keep our students safe and healthy, to manage health problems as they arise, and to be a resource and advocate for families in our Fernwood Community. To help me achieve these goals please keep me updated of any changes regarding your child's health and be sure to inform the office staff if there are changes in your emergency contact information.
This year’s seasonal flu vaccine protects against three influenza viruses that research indicates will be common this flu season. The 2012-13 flu vaccine will protect against 2009 H1N1, and two other viruses that are expected to cause illness. All children ages 6 months through 19 years are advised to get a flu shot. Two doses of flu vaccine may be needed for children ages 6 months to 9 years. Contact your health care provider or pharmacy for advice. The CDC recommends flu shots for all persons ages 6 months and older especially those at risk for complications (pregnant women, persons with asthma, diabetes and other chronic conditions). For more flu facts, frequently asked questions about vaccines and to locate a vaccine clinic http://www.kingcounty.gov/healthservices/health/communicable/immunization/fluseason
To better track flu illness rates, when you report an absence, please tell your school if your student has "flu-like symptoms" (fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, chills).