Stacey Diamond, R.N., M.B.A.
Sesame allergies are increasing in the United States, however, they are not in the top eight list so the FDA does not require labeling of sesame in products. Be aware that sesame and sesame oil is found extensively in foods, cosmetic and pharmaceutical products. Ingestion of sesame seeds, oil or flour has the potential to trigger an anaphylactic reaction in people sensitive to sesame. Cross-sensitivity is possible in those with known allergies to peanuts and other nuts/seeds but it has not been proven. Sesame oil found in cosmetics may also trigger contact allergies which can be severe. Many lip balms contain sesame oil (such as EOS medicated tangerine) and have been known to cause skin reactions. It is important to read the labels of all foods, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals especially if there is a known sensitivity to sesame. See the links below for more information.
Help protect your family from EV-D68 and the flu
To help avoid catching and spreading EV-D68, parents and children should always follow basic steps to stay healthy.
Flu season is here! The CDC recommends all people 6 months of age and older receive a flu vaccination. Most pharmacies, clinics and doctor offices have the flu shot and FluMist available. It is never too early or too late to receive a flu shot! For more flu information, please go to www.cdc.gov.
Mosquito repellant at school: bug sprays are prohibited at school but the wipe-on types and lotions are allowed as long as your child can apply it himself/herself. Please send a signed note if your child will be applying the mosquito wipes/lotion at school. If mosquito repellant is needed for your child, please try to apply it before coming to school.
If your child is sick please keep him/her home to recover. A student with a fever should be kept home until fever-free without fever reducing medications for 24 hours. In addition, please call in the absence to the absence line at 281-641-2319 with the reason for the absence (fever, strep, vomiting, personal reason, etc.).
Humble ISD Medication Policy
* Medication must be delivered to and picked up from the clinic by a parent or authorized adult.
* Parent signature is required for the administration of any medication.
* Prescription and non-prescription medication must be in the original container. Prescription label must contain the patient name, name of the medication, directions for use and date.
* Medications given more than 10 days require a physician's signature.
* PRN (as needed) medications may not be administered more than four times in one month without a doctor's signature.
2015 - 2016 Immunization Requirements
Students in Kindergarten - 5th Grade need:
Polio - 4 doses with one after 4th birthday1
DTaP/DT/DTP - 5 doses with one after the 4th birthday2
MMR - 2 Doses - must be 2 doses of Measles, Mumps and Rubella
Hepatitis B -3 doses
Varicella - 2 doses - First dose must be after the first birthday3
Hepatitis A - 2 doses - First dose must be after the first birthday and second dose no sooner than 6 months after the first dose
*Documentation must be validated by a physician or by public health personnel.
1 If the third dose was administered on or after 4th birthday, only 3 doses required
2 If the fourth dose was administered on or after 4th birthday only 4 does required
3 Students who have had the disease will not be required to have the vaccine. A valid affidavit is required for documentation of the disease
Refer to our district Health Services web page for more information.