News from the Nurse

It’s time for influenza immunization!

It takes about two weeks after vaccination for your body to develop an immune response. Get vaccinated now so that you will be protected when flu season starts. In the United States, influenza season usually begins in October and can last until May. The nasal spray is indicated for healthy, non-pregnant persons aged 2-49 years, and this year protects against 4 strains of influenza.

In addition to getting immunized, it’s also important to ward off the flu and other viruses and bacteria by these methods:
• Protect yourself and others by washing your hands often.
• Cover your mouth and nose with something other than your hand when you cough or sneeze.

While getting your flu shot…
Please check if your student needs any booster shots.
TDAP is required for all 7th through 12th grade students. Please update the school record once your student has received booster shots so they can remain in school in February.

A word about exemptions… Oregon State Law has changed again and the state is no longer accepting non-medical exemptions in place before March 1, 2014. If your student had a previous exemption on file, the law may now require you to take additional steps. If this applies to your student, please update the school with any dates of immunizations your student receives. Leave a message for your school nurse or health assistant if you have questions about the Vaccine Education Modules that may be needed for non-medical exemptions. See also Health Requirements – Immunizations at for more information.

Staying Healthy Together!
Joy Maxwell, RN e-mail:


Auvi-Q medicine

It’s in the news… The manufacturer of Auvi-Q voluntarily recalls Auvi-Q auto- injector devices because they may deliver a potentially inaccurate dose of medication. Auvi-Q is a device that delivers an injection of epinephrine, a life saving medication for those with life threatening allergic reactions (anaphylaxis). The recall involves all Auvi-Q devices and strengths on the market in the United States.

What to do if you have an Auvi-Q device… The manufacturer advises all customers who have an Auvi-Q device to contact their medical provider as soon as possible and get a new prescription for an alternative epinephrine auto-injector. (In a life threatening emergency situation, only use Auvi-Q if another epinephrine injection is not available, then call 911 or EMS).

Recall information…for information about how to return an Auvi-Q device, you can call 1-877-319-8963 or 1-866-726-6340 (Monday through Friday 8 am to 8 pm ET.

The manufacturer, Sanofil US, will provide reimbursement for out of pocket costs incurred for the purchase of a new epinephrine auto injectors with proof of purchase.