General Immunization Letter June 7, 2020
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Update on supplies used in SMS clinic
We no longer use Orajel, Hydrogen Peroxide or Caldyphen.
SCOLIOSIS FACTS FOR PARENTS
In accordance with Virginia State law, parents of students in grades five through ten will receive this yearly information sheet containing important facts about Scoliosis and Scoliosis screening.
Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature or turning of the spine. It affects 2-3% of the population or an estimated 600,000 people in the United States. If left untreated, scoliosis can progress to a serious problem, causing back pain and degenerative arthritis of the spine. It may lead to disk disease or sciatica. It can also threaten the psychological well-being of a young adult when there is an obvious deformity.
Although scoliosis may result from an injury, a birth defect, or a crippling disease, 90% of cases are from unknown causes. It may run in families and affects girls seven times more often than boys. It most frequently develops during the growth spurt between ages 10 and 15, but can also develop or progress later in life. Early detection and intervention may prevent further structural deformity and resulting secondary problems.
Scoliosis screening is an observation of the student’s spine while standing as well as performing a forward bend. A scoliometer, a device for measuring the amount of abnormal curvature in the spine, may also be used during screening. Treatment of scoliosis varies between no treatments needed, bracing of the spine, to spinal fusion surgery.
Since the development of scoliosis is gradual and usually painless, scoliosis may develop without the parent or child being aware. It is important for parents to monitor their child’s development during these growing years and to have students checked by the family physician routinely. The signs of scoliosis may include uneven shoulders, a shoulder blade that appears more prominent than the other, uneven waistline creases, one hip higher than the other, and/or a leaning to one side.
If you have concerns about your child’s spinal health, contact your family health care provider or school nurse for follow up. If you do not have a primary care physician, with your written permission, the school nurse can provide an initial screening. Should further evaluation be necessary she can direct you to other health care resources.
To: Parents of children on Free and Reduced Lunch Program
Since your child is eligible to receive free or reduced lunch he/she may also be eligible to receive dental services from the Stafford County Dental Clinc.
This applies to anyone covered by either Medicaid or FAMIS. If not covered, please contact the Stafford County Department of Social Services to see if your child qualifies. If you do not qualify, you can contact the Stafford County Health Department @ 540-659-3101 and let them know that you would like your child to receive services from the Stafford County Dental Clinic. You may be eligible for our Sliding Scale Free Schedule.
If you are interested in having your child enrolled in the dental program, please contact your child's school nurse; they will provide you with the appropriate forms for you to complete.
If you have any questions, you can talk to your school nurse or contact the Stafford County Dental Clinic @ 540-288-2579.