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No Medical Insurance?
Immunizations are provided free of charge for children with no medical insurance by the Monmouth County Health Department. Call 732-431-7456 for more information.
Physical exams, as well as sick visits, can be arranged at the K. Hovnanian Children’s Wellness Center at Midtown Community Elementary School in Neptune. 732-776-2200, ext.3670
In recent years, bed bugs have undergone a dramatic resurgence. There have been worldwide reports of increasing numbers of infestations. Bed bugs are great travelers; they are readily transported via luggage, clothing, bedding and furniture. They hide in seams of bedings, and other cracks and crevices in the home.
Bed bugs are small insects that feed on blood, usually at night when people are sleeping.
- Bed bug bites are typically painless and rarely awaken a sleeping person. They can produce itchy red bumps or welts on the skin.
For more information visit: www.cdc.gov/parasites/bedbugs
Head Lice (Pediculosis)
Each year millions of cases of head lice are discovered in the U.S., especially among children ages three to twelve. Although they are an annoyance, head lice are not dangerous and do not spread diseases. Your child’s head may be examined several times during the school year. To help us prevent infestations:
- Periodically examine your child’s head and scalp. Look for white or grayish crawling forms, about the size of a sesame seed and/or yellowish-white eggs (nits) attached to the hair shafts close to the scalp.
- Tell your child to avoid head-to-head contact and any sharing of combs, brushes, towels, hats, scarves, barrettes, or other personal items worn on the head.
- Notify the school nurse immediately if you suspect infestation.
For more information visit: www.cdc.gov/parasites/liceRingwormDermatophytes are fungi that cause skin, hair, and nail infections. Infections caused by these fungi are also sometimes known as "ringworm" or "tinea." Despite the name "ringworm," this infection is not caused by a worm, but by a type of fungus called a dermatophyte. Dermatophytes can live on moist areas of the skin, on environmental surfaces, and on household items such as clothing, towels, and bedding.For more information visit: www.cdc.gov/fungal/diseases/dermatophytes/index.html
Scabies is a common infestation of the skin caused by the itch mite. This parasite is spread by close contact with the skin, clothing, or bedding of an infected person.
- Scabies causes severe itching which worsens at night. The areas affected are usually the hands, wrists, elbows, buttocks, genitals and between the fingers and toes.
- If you suspect your child has scabies, see the doctor to obtain a prescription medication that will kill the mites. Frequently, all family members are treated.
- Twenty-four hours after treatment has begun, you child should no longer be contagious and may return to school.
For more information visit: www.cdc.gov/parasites/scabiesStrep ThroatStrep throat is an infection in the throat and tonsils caused by group A Streptococcus bacteria (called "group A strep"). Group A strep bacteria can live in a person's nose and throat. The bacteria are spread through contact with droplets from an infected person's cough or sneeze. If you drink from the same glass or eat from the same plate as the sick person, you could also become ill.For more information: http://www.cdc.gov/Features/strepthroat/Scarlet FeverNot as common as it was 100 years ago, scarlet fever – scarlatina – is a bacterial infection caused by group A Streptococcus or "group A strep." This illness affects a small percentage of people who have strep throat or, less commonly, streptococcal skin infections. Scarlet fever is treatable with antibiotics and usually is a mild illness, but it needs to be treated to prevent rare but serious complications. Treatment with antibiotics also helps clear up symptoms faster and reduces spread to other people.
Although anyone can get scarlet fever, it usually affects children between 5 and 12 years of age. The classic symptom of the disease is not the fever, but a certain type of red rash that feels rough, like sandpaper.For more information: http://www.cdc.gov/Features/ScarletFever/