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Review the following resources for important heath information. Keep in mind that the information about viruses is provided for information only and does not indicate an outbreak in our area.
Current Health Updates
In the event that a student or staff member is diagnosed with Monkeypox, RISD Health Services will contact and coordinate with Dallas County Health and Human Services. As RISD’s public health authority, DCHHS will conduct all interviews, contact tracing, and facilitate communication for our staff and families.
For up to date information:
Additional Health Information
These health fact sheets are provided by the following organizations:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS)
- Information regarding bacterial meningitis is available online from the CDC as well as the Texas Department of State Health Services. The CDC recommends the meningococcal vaccine for all 11 and 12 year olds.
- Information from the FDA
- Information from the CDC: This is current information on the increased risk of meningitis for children who receive cochlear implants.
- Flu information (CDC)
- Flu vaccination information (TDSHS)
- Protect your child from the flu this season (PDF)
- Proteja sus niños contra la influenza esta temporada (PDF)
- Prevent Flu (PDF)
Our schools help by:
- Teaching and encouraging proper handwashing techniques.
- Teaching effective coughing and sneeze techniques such as cough into your sleeve.
- Posting signs around the campus as a visual reminder
- Offering free flu vaccinations to staff.
- Encouraging all staff to remain home when ill.
- Having their families vaccinated against the flu.
- Encouraging proper handwashing, sneeze and cough techniques be used at home.
- Consulting their healthcare providers when flu-like symptoms begin. Symptoms include: fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, fatigue and nasal congestion.
- Keeping children home when ill.
- Washing their hands for twenty seconds with soap and water before and after eating, after sneezing or coughing into their hands, after using the restroom, after playing outdoors and any other time their hands are dirty.
- Using tissues when sneezing and coughing into their sleeves.
- Not sharing food and drink.
- Encouraging others to do the same.