A Note from the Health Desk
What do you know about ENERGY DRINKS? Have you heard about “G Fuel”? I recently read an article, "Selling the Young on ‘Gaming Fuel’" after talking with Mr McKenzie about energy drinks and the fierce marketing techniques being used to target teens, especially “gamers” and “professional e-athletes”. Using phrases like “brain energy”, “healthy alternative”, “natural adderall” and “vitamin infused” these multi-billion dollar companies are appealing to our children and selling them on harmful products. I raise this issue because my hope is that you will talk with your children about the health risks and marketing that is targeting them!
Here’s just a few items you need to know per the National Institute of Health:
Large amounts of caffeine may cause serious heart and blood vessel problems such as heart rhythm disturbances and increases in heart rate and blood pressure. Caffeine also may harm children’s still-developing cardiovascular and nervous systems.
Caffeine use may also be associated with anxiety, sleep problems, digestive problems, and dehydration.
Guarana, commonly included in energy drinks, contains caffeine. Therefore, the addition of guarana increases
the drink’s total caffeine content.
People who combine caffeinated drinks with alcohol may not be able to tell how intoxicated they are; they may
feel less intoxicated than they would if they had not consumed caffeine, but their motor coordination and
reaction time may be just as impaired.
Excessive energy drink consumption may disrupt teens’ sleep patterns and may be associated with increased
A single 16-oz. container of an energy drink may contain 54 to 62 grams of added sugar; this exceeds the
maximum amount of added sugars recommended for an entire day.
In Wellness, Nurse Gretchen
Immunization Information for ALL incoming 7th Grade Students
The Maine Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Education revised the Maine School Immunization Requirements. This change further aligns Maine's immunization rules with current national recommendations to better protect the health of all Maine people.
All students entering, advancing and transferring into seventh grade will need to receive one dose of Tdap booster vaccine (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) and one dose of Meningococcal vaccine before attendance is allowed. The link to the rule (Chapter 126/261) can be found here: http://www.maine.gov/doe/rule/changes/ . The link to DHHS Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention "Frequently Asked Questions" for Meningococcal Vaccine may be found here: Download NEW MCV4 School Immunization Requirement FAQ_updated.pdf
Please make an appointment with your child's healthcare provider to receive these vaccines before the start of 7th Grade. Immunization records can be faxed directly to the school (fax # 236-7815) or delivered to the nurse office or main office.
If your child does not have a record of these vaccines or an immunization exemption form on file, it may delay his or her start of 7th grade. Please don't hesitate to call me if you have any questions.
If your child does not have the state required immunizations, you must complete an immunization exemption form every year.
Health History: This must be completed annually for ALL students.
Physical Examination: This must be completed and signed by a physician for all students wishing to participate in school athletics. This needs to be completed one time during a student's middle school years, or more often if there is a change in health status.
The Annual Health History and Physical Exam must be on file in the nurse office for participation in sports.
Concussion Policy: Please click on this link to read the MSAD 28 policy on concussions. There is no separate form to sign, instead sign the bottom of the health history form indicating that you have read and understand this policy.
Medications in School
If your child needs to take any medication for any reason while at school, please contact me right away. All medications will be stored/locked in the nurse’s office. No medication may be carried by students or kept in student lockers (with the exception of epinephrine auto injectors, inhalers, and any other emergency medication- with permission). A doctor’s order must be provided for medication to be administered in school. Please print the form below and have it signed by your primary care provider and return it to me. PLEASE DO NOT SEND MEDICINE TO SCHOOL IN A ZIPLOC BAG. Medications MUST be in a prescription bottle. When filling prescription, ask for a spare bottle to transport medications to school.
Life Threatening Allergy Protocol
MSAD#28 Student Wellness