Health Information

    Welcome to the Andersen Elementary Health Office
    Health Assistant: Mrs. Johanna Ramos
    Phone:(480)812-6002 Fax:(480)224-9425


    What is the difference between a cold and flu?

    Flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses but they are caused by different viruses. Because these two types of illnesses have similar symptoms, it can be difficult to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. In general, flu is worse than the common cold, and symptoms are more intense. Colds are usually milder than flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Colds generally do not result in serious health problems, such as pneumonia, bacterial infections, or hospitalizations. Flu can have very serious associated complications.

    How can you tell the difference between a cold and the flu?

    Because colds and flu share many symptoms, it can be difficult (or even impossible) to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. Special tests that usually must be done within the first few days of illness can tell if a person has the flu.

    What are the symptoms of the flu versus the symptoms of a cold?

    The symptoms of flu can include fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue (tiredness). Cold symptoms are usually milder than the symptoms of flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Colds generally do not result in serious health problems.

     Cold or Flu?

    If your child shows any ofthese symptoms, please refer to the Health Protocol to know whether your student can come to school.  It is always best to keep the student home if there is any doubt

    Stay Healthy.

    Content source: Centers for Disease Control and PreventionNational Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) 

    Please Visit our Health Services Page  on the district website for Health Care Protocol, Health Care Forms, Medication Administration Policy, Immunization requirements, and lots more. 
    In case of emergency
    At the beginning of each school year, we ask that parents/guardians go into Infinite Campus to complete students emergency card. 
    What do we use the Emergency Card for?
    • We use this information to contact you in the case of any emergency at school.
    • List family & friends who you give us permission to contact incase we can not get ahold of you in an emergency.
    • For you as a parent/guardian to give us permission to dispense Tylenol to your child at school, if necessary.
    • List any medical conditions we should know about your student.
    • If you have any medication dispensing needs or any concerns regarding your child's health, you would enter this information in this section.
    This information can be updated anytime during the year if your phone number or other information should change.
    Per board policy JLCB, all students must have proof of adequae immunizations, a state immunization exemption form, or confirmation in writting from your child's licensed health care provider, stating a plan of immunizations.
    If it is found that your child is non-compliant with state requirements you will receive a letter from the Health Office with information of which immunizations are missing with a deadline of 5 days to comply. If required documentation is not provided within 5 days, your child will be medically suspended from school. This means the student is removed from school and cannot participate in school activities until adquate documentation is provided. The student may return to school, once the required documents have been provided.
    Happy 11th Birthday!!!!
    If your child is turning 11 years old, vaccines are required per the Arizona Department of Health Services.
    • Students 11 years of age and older will be REQUIRED to have one dose of Tdap vaccine if 5 years have passed since their last dose of Tetanus/diphtheria containing vaccine.
    • Students 11 years of age and older will be REQUIRED to have one dose of Meningococcal (Meningitis) vaccine. Please make appointments now with your health care provider to avoid being medically suspended from attending school due to non-copliance. Students will have 14 days to get the required immunizations after they turn 11 years old to remain in compliance with the state requirements.  Students without the required documentation will not be allowed to attend school, until documentation is received.
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    Soiled Clothes & Clothing Donations 
    If your child has an accident at school or soils their clothes: Your child will be given clean clothes/shoes to wear for the rest of the day. Please return these clothes washed the following school day, except for underwear.
    Please consider donating your childs gently used clothes, or a pack of new underwear.
    The Health Office is always in need of both girls & boys shorts, pants, and brand new underwear for occassional accidents.
    We are running extremely low on...
    • Girls leggings (Size MED & LG)
    • Boys shorts (Size MED & LG)
    • Boy & Girls Underwear (Size 8-16)

    Established in 1995, the Chandler CARE Center is a school-based family resource center providing access to medical, dental, counseling, and social services. Most services are free of charge to families thanks to the many funders, professionals, and service organizations contributing financially and volunteering their services.

    Mental Health/Grief Resources for all CUSD Students/Families

    We are aware that the wellbeing of our students not only involves their bodies, but also their minds. We have tons of resources available for our students and families only a click away. Please let the Health Office or Counselor know if we can help you in any way. Mental Health Resources 

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Last Modified on February 13, 2020