The Kenton-Hardin Health Dept. will be offering the H1N1 vaccine at all of the Hardin county schools. They are to hopefully receive the vaccine in mid October. All students will be offered the vaccine at no cost. The vaccine is a 2 dose series within 3 weeks of each other. A consent form will be sent home and must be signed by a parent. As soon as the KHHD makes the consent form available this will be sent home. Please send the consent form back quickly so the health department can have a count of how many vaccines are needed. Along with the consent form will be information about the vaccine risks and side effects. This vaccine is optional but the Ohio Dept. of Health is recommending it for school age kids. At this time the vaccine is not being offered to the staff but this may change. For more information on H1N1 please visithttp://www.odh.ohio.gov/landing/phs_emergency/swineflu.aspx orhttp://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/. Also, these web links may be found on the Riverdale web site. When the date is set for the KHHD to come to Riverdale, information will be sent home or sent via the phone system.
This school year we are encouraging parents to keep their child home if they are sick. Students are not to come to school until 24 hours without a fever (without fever reducing medications on board such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen). Do not give medication containing aspirin as this may cause Reye Syndrome. If your child is coughing and having difficulty containing it, please bring in cough drops or medication to school. If a student still has trouble in school, you may get a call to pick them up to let them rest at home. There has been hand sanitizers placed around the school building. We are encouraging students to use the hand sanitizers as needed especially before lunch. The administration and staff are trying to keep Riverdale a healthy school. Any questions you may contact Susan Cole the school nurse at 419-694-2211 ext. 1102.