2018 School Flu Immunization Information

2018 School Flu Immunization Information

Transylvania Public Health is partnering with Transylvania County Schools and Brevard Academy to offer flu vaccinations at your child’s public schools throughout the county. Only injectable flu shots are recommended for use this season, and FluMist will not be offered by Transylvania Public Health for 2018-2019. The flu can be serious, especially in young children, and can cause fever, headache, extreme tiredness and body aches. Flu is very contagious and children can be sick for a week or more, causing them to miss school. The single best way to help prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccination each year. The Centers for Disease Control recommends that all children be vaccinated against the flu. Local medical providers support flu vaccination and are encouraging increased vaccination rates among school-aged children. The goal of this school site immunization initiative is to increase vaccination rates, prevent students from getting and spreading the flu, and ultimately reduce the burden of the flu on the community. Flu vaccines will be offered at school during the school day. Transylvania Public Health nurses will coordinate with school personnel to schedule exact dates and times, but all vaccines will be offered during the month of October. The vaccine will be given by Transylvania Public Health nurses to students with a completed IMMUNIZATION PERMISSION FORM and who qualify to receive flu vaccine. Click here for the IMMUNIZATION PERMISSION FORM and  more information about the flu vaccine. The IMMUNIZATION PERMISSION FORM must be returned to your child’s school by October 1, 2018.  We will be unable to vaccinate anyone without completed paperwork. Your child may be eligible to receive...
Foodborne Outbreak Tests Positive for Norovirus

Foodborne Outbreak Tests Positive for Norovirus

Transylvania Public Health has received confirmatory laboratory tests from the N.C. State Laboratory of Public Health. Of those people who were tested by their medical providers, a majority were positive for norovirus. We believe this outbreak was caused by being exposed to this highly-contagious virus in a public place. Although more information is continuing to come in, Transylvania Public Health has received more than 70 cases of nausea, vomiting and diarrhea reported by medical providers, as well as phone calls reporting similar symptoms in more than 200 people since Tuesday, July 31. Norovirus typically causes diarrhea, vomiting, nausea and stomach pain that lasts for 1 to 3 days. Other symptoms can include fever, headache and body aches. These symptoms and length of illness match closely with the symptoms being reported by those who are ill. People get norovirus from direct contact with an infected person, consuming food or water that has been contaminated with norovirus or touching contaminated surfaces and then putting your unwashed hands in your mouth. It only takes a few virus particles to make someone sick, and those who are ill shed billions of these particles. People are most contagious when they are having symptoms like vomiting and for the first few days after recovering, although they can spread norovirus for two weeks or more after they feel better. Norovirus symptoms usually appear 24-48 hours after being exposed to the virus. Many (but not all) of the people who reported symptoms to us recalled visiting a local restaurant 1-2 days before becoming ill. Other people reported having close contact with someone who had norovirus symptoms prior...
Cleaning Up After Vomiting and Diarrhea

Cleaning Up After Vomiting and Diarrhea

If you or someone in your family has experienced vomiting or diarrhea, here are some cleaning guidelines that can help prevent the spread of disease: 1. Wear gloves when cleaning any vomit or stool. Remove and dispose of gloves carefully to avoid touching outside surfaces. Wash hands with soap and warm water after removing gloves. 2. Clean and disinfect surfaces contaminated with vomit/stool immediately using 1 2/3 cups household bleach per gallon of water or a bleach-based household cleaner. Don’t use undiluted bleach. 3. Immediately remove and wash clothing, towels, or bed linens that may be contaminated with vomit/stool using hot water and detergent. Don’t wash contaminated items with other clothing. If your washer has a sanitizing cycle, use that cycle. 4. Clean and disinfect soiled carpeting. Visible debris should be cleaned using an absorbent material (e.g. double layer paper towels) and discarded in a plastic bag to minimize aerosols. Clean with hot water and detergent and then steam clean (158° F for 5 min or 212° F for 1 min). Dry vacuuming is not...
Outbreak Investigation Ongoing

Outbreak Investigation Ongoing

Transylvania Public Health has received multiple reports of nausea, vomiting and diarrhea and are currently investigating this issue. If you have visited the emergency room or another health care provider, they should report your case to us, and you should expect a call from one of our communicable disease nurses.  If you experienced sudden nausea, vomiting and diarrhea in the past 3 days, please contact us at 828-884-3135. If you are experiencing symptoms of foodborne illness, including nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, here’s what you should do: Wash your hands. Handwashing is the best way to prevent the spread of disease. Wash hands for 30 seconds with soap and running water after visiting the bathroom, before and after preparing food, and after sneezing, coughing, or touching your face. Replace lost fluids and electrolytes to prevent dehydration. If your symptoms are too severe to manage at home, contact your health care provider or visit the emergency room. Stay home! Many foodborne illnesses can still be spread several days after symptoms...
6th Graders: Stay on Track

6th Graders: Stay on Track

Due to a North Carolina law, all students are required to receive the Tdap & MCV vaccines before starting 7th grade or 12 years of age.  Both vaccines will be offered to 6th graders school during the week of April 23. Transylvania Public Health school nurses will administer the vaccines to students who have written parental permission; if you wish to have your child vaccinated at school, please complete the permission form and return it to school. Completed permission forms must be returned by March 29. Your student has received a permission packet at school. Forms are also available here. Students who do not receive the vaccines at school will be required to get them at their doctor’s office or Transylvania Public Health prior to entering 7th...