Hello and welcome to Lacordaire Academy's Health Office page! Your childrens' health and safety are important to me and I want to provide the environment for healthy learning and promote wellness to our students.
The School Nurse serves as a liason between family, school personnel and health care providers. Asthma, severe food allergy, bee allergy, physical limitations or the need to take medication during the school day are just a few of the reasons to contact me. Please make sure we have current phone numbers on file in the event we need to reach you in an emergency.
My office hours are Monday through Friday from 9:30 AM until 2:30 PM. Please feel free to contact me regarding any special or health needs concerning your child.
Director of Health Services
Office: 973.744.1156 ext. 18
Confidential Fax: 973.783.1543
Measles (Rubeola) is a highly contagious respiratory infection caused by a virus. It occurs mostly in the late winter and spring. The recent occurrence of Measles in California and across the nation has produced over one hundred confirmed cases in the first month of 2015. The CDC reported over 600 cases occurred in the United States during 2014. There have been confirmed cases of measles in both Pennsylvania and New York in January. As of February 4, 2015, there has been no confirmed case of Measles in New Jersey.
The symptoms of Measles start with a high fever and fatigue that lasts for a couple of days. Other symptoms can be a cough, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, a hacking cough and/or conjunctivitis (pink eye). The lymph nodes of the neck may swell. Early in the course of measles Koplik spots, small white spots (often on a reddened background) may occur on the inside of the cheeks. The measles body rash starts on the face and upper neck, spreads down the back and trunk, then extends to the arms and hands, as well as the legs and feet. After about 5 days, the rash fades in the same order in which it appeared.
Measles are spread by droplets from breathing, sneezing or coughing and can survive in the air or on a surface for up to 2 hours. The virus can be spread to others 2-4 days before symptoms appear. The incubation period of measles from exposure to first symptoms averages 10-12 days with the rash appearing 7-18 days after exposure.
The best protection for preventing measles is receiving the MMR vaccine. The vaccine is administered at age 12-15 months, with a second dose at 4-6 years of age. More than 95% of those who receive a single dose of measles vaccine will develop immunity. A second dose gives immunity to almost all of those who did not respond to the first dose. Almost everyone who has NOT had the MMR shot will get measles if they are exposed to the measles virus.
Note: all of the above information is directly from various sections of the CDC web site.
General Prevention for viral infections includes, hand washing, sneezing or coughing into your elbow area and cleaning of surfaces can help control the spread of any virus. If your child is ill, has a cough, fever or rash do not send them to school. Notify the school nurse if your child develops Measles or if you need further information.
For further information visit the CDC's web site:
Dear Pre-K Parents/Guardians:
Please be aware, children who are 6 through 59 months of age and attending licensed child care and preschool facilities in New Jersey are required to have flu vaccine by December 31 of each year. Students who do not receive the vaccine by December 31st will be excluded from school for the duration of the influenza season (through March 31st) or until they receive at least one dose of the influenza vaccine.