• Marcia

    Marcia Statz, School Nurse

    South Whidbey High School Campus
    360.221.6808, ext. 5420

    Fax 360.221.6229

  • Carol McNeil

    Carol McNeil, School Nurse

    South Whidbey Elementary School Campus
    360.221.6808, ext. 4508


    Health Services Assistants: Carrie Allen and Joanne Keefe 

  • “E-cigarette use among U.S. youth and young adults is now a major public health concern. E-cigarette use has increased considerably in recent years, growing an astounding 900% among high school students from 2011 to 2015…. Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which can cause addiction and can harm the developing adolescent brain.”

     Since that announcement a website has been created by the Surgeon General that provides facts about e-cigarettes.



    “Know the Risk”: https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/knowtherisks.html

     “Fact Sheet”: https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/documents/2016_SGR_Fact_Sheet_508.pdf

     Parent Tip Sheet (how to address the topic with kids): https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/documents/SGR_ECig_ParentTipSheet_508.pdf

     FAQ: https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/documents/2016_SGR_ECig_FAQ_508.pdf

     There is also a PSA video by the Surgeon General: https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/default.htm

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  • Several children in Washington have become ill with symptoms consistent with acute flaccid myelitis (AFM). We don’t know what caused these cases, but Department of Health, together with the CDC, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Public Health-Seattle and King County is investigating these cases to understand what caused them.http://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/1400/Facts%20on%20AFM.pdf

    Updated Information About the Cases

    Last update: 11/02/2016

    Case counts

    • There have been nine reported cases (ranging from 3 and 14 years old)
    • Two cases have been confirmed as AFM 
    • Seven cases are still being evaluated for AFM

    Case status

    • Five children have been released from the hospital
    • Three children are currently hospitalized 
    • One child has died. (It is not known at this time if this child had AFM.) 

    The potential cases come from five Washington counties:

    • King County, three children
    • Franklin County, two children
    • Pierce County, one child
    • Snohomish County, one child
    • Whatcom County, two children 
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  • A-Z Index of Health Topics is linked here.

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  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC twenty four seven. Saving Lives, Protecting People

    Meningococcal Disease

    Meningococcal disease can refer to any illness that is caused by the type of bacteria called Neisseria meningitidis, also known as meningococcus [muh-ning-goh-KOK-us]. These illnesses are often severe and include infections of the lining of the brain and spinal cord (meningitis) and bloodstream infections (bacteremia or septicemia).

    Meningococcus bacteria are spread through the exchange of respiratory and throat secretions like spit (e.g., by living in close quarters, kissing). Meningococcal disease can be treated with antibiotics, but quick medical attention is extremely important. Keeping up to date with recommended vaccines is the best defense against meningococcal disease.


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      Meningococcal disease is a reportable condition in all states...

      Causes of meningococcal disease, technical & clinical information, vaccine resources...

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    Signs & Symptoms

    Symptoms of meningococcal disease are usually sudden onset of fever, headache, and stiff neck. It can start with symptoms similar to influenza (flu), and will often also cause nausea, vomiting, increased sensitivity to light, rash, and confusion.


    Meningococcal Vaccination

    • Meningococcal ACWY Vaccine | Serogroup B Meningococcal Vaccine
      These one-page CDC vaccine information statements explain who should get meningococcal ACWY vaccines or serogroup B meningococcal vaccines and when.
    • Serogroup B Meningococcal Vaccine & Outbreaks
      Newly licensed serogroup B meningococcal vaccines can be an important tool for controlling outbreaks of serogroup B meningococcal disease.
    • Basics
      Offers comprehensive information about meningococcal vaccines and other educational tools.
    • Safety
      As with all vaccines, there can be minor reactions, including pain and redness at the injection site, headache, fatigue or a vague feeling of discomfort.
    • Prevention Recommendations
      Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).

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