MJ Health Office Newsletter

Mrs. Kramer, RN

Preparing your Holiday Turkey Safely

Turkey and its juice can be contaminated with germs that can make you and your family sick. Raw turkey can contain Salmonella, Clostridium perfringens, Campylobacter, and other germs. Whether you’re cooking a whole bird or a part of it, such as the breast, you should take special care to prevent food poisoning. Click here for information from the CDC to safely store, thaw, handle, cook, and reheat your turkey.

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A new COVID variant, HV.1, is now dominant. These are its most common symptoms

A new highly contagious COVID-19 variant, HV.1, is now the dominant strain in the U.S. Click Here to know about transmission, symptoms, vaccines and more.

The XBB.1.16 Omicron subvariant is increasing, with anecdotal reports that it may be causing some unusual symptoms like pink eye. Here's what you need to know.

Remember to get your flu shot

Flu season can begin as early as September and last as late as May. Your best bet is to get a flu shot early in the season so your body has a chance to build up immunity to the virus. It takes about two weeks for the flu shot to protect you. Ideally, the best time to get the shot is in early September and no later than late October. If you don't get it early, getting a flu shot later still helps. Vaccination earlier may cause protection to weaken by end of the season.

Strep is on the rise in kids. Parents should be aware of these less common symptoms.

A recent explosion in strep infections, many of which are presenting with few or atypical symptoms, is concerning experts around the U.S.And while it is typical to see strep throat spike around this time of year, this is the worst it has been in a long time, the experts warn. Click here for more information.

Early Developmental Screenings

Experts from Children’s Specialized Hospital are providing quick and free virtual developmental screenings for children ages 1 to 5 years old via video or phone.

Each screening will take approximately 30 minutes and will include an interactive questionnaire and conversation between parent(s), child and Children's Specialized Hospital staff. Families will also receive valuable resources about early childhood development. Click here to learn more

Is it COVID-19, the flu, RSV, or just a cold? Here's how to tell the difference

Experts explain the different symptoms of the flu, COVID-19, the common cold or RSV and how to protect kids from seasonal illnesses. Click here to learn more


COVID Reporting

We are no longer required to report COVID-19 cases to the state of NJ ,the Student COVID Reporting form is now closed. We still encourage you to stay home and isolate yourself from others if you have COVID or any COVID symptoms. Click this link to use the CDC COVID Calculator if you need guidance about returning to school.

Illness Prevention Strategies

COVID Guidance for 2023-2004 School Year

Click here to review updated guidelines from the CDC and NJDOH

Sometimes we all need a little help. Here are some resources:

Austim Awareness Society www.autism-society.org

Diabetes Association http://www.diabetes.org 800-342-2383

Epilepsy Foundation http://www.epilepsy.com

Food Allergy Network https://www.foodallergy.org

Salvation Army http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/

Snack Safely (Guide to current ingredients in many common snack items. Beneficial to all who have a food allergy/intolerance/sensitivity. Updated regularly.) SnackSafely.com

How to Wear Masks

Masks are an additional step to help prevent people from getting and spreading COVID-19. CLICK HERE for information on correctly wearing masks, why we wear masks, and mask etiquette.
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COVID Reporting

Please notify Mrs. Kramer, RN if your child is COVID positive or if he or she is a contact of someone COVID positive at: Annemarie.Kramer@sbschools.org

School Health Registration for Kindergarten and Transfer students

Kindergarten Registration for South Brunswick students is now open.

To register, please visit our website at www.sbschools.org and click on K-12 Registration, complete the pre-registration process and schedule an appointment. One of our Central Registrars will contact you.

All registrations will be handled remotely. .

Your child needs to have a completed health registration to start the school year. All kindergarten, preschool, and transfer students need to have submitted the following:

  • A completed physical exam form based on an exam done within a year of the start of school
  • A completed immunization record based on the minimum immunization requirements for school attendance in New Jersey. Click here to view questions and answers on Immunization Regulations
  • Documentation of a TB (tuberculosis screening test- PPD or IGRA) only if student was born in another country or entering a US school from another country for the first time
  • A completed health history