Health and Medical Information

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Plymouth School District Health and Medical Information Link
Check out the links for: Flu updates from the CDC and Concussion information!!
Also the Public Health Links that cover many subjects such as Seatbelt Safety, Teen Driving, Diabetes Prevention, Head Lice, Immunizations and Preparing for Disasters to name a few.
Government's Website on Vaccine's- Brand New! Check it out:
http://www.vaccines.gov/

To Check Your Child's Immunization Record:

1. Type in **http://dhfsWIR.org** in the Internet address bar.

2. Hit the enter key.

3. Click on Public Immunization Record Access.

4. Enter your child’s first and last name, birth date (month/day/year - MM/DD/YYYY), Social Security number or Medicaid number (all areas must be entered to access site).

5. Click on search button on top right corner of page.

6. Your child’s immunization record will appear. You can see what immunizations your child has had, and what immunizations are due.

7. If you are having difficulty accessing the site, it may be because the Social Security number or Medicaid number for the person has not been stored in the registry. Please contact your local health care provider or the Sheboygan County Public Health Office with this information so it can be entered.
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WISCONSIN DIVISION OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Department of Health Services Information~

Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease
(Enteroviral vesicular stomatitis exanthem)
Disease Fact Sheet Series
What is hand, foot and mouth disease?
Hand, foot and mouth disease is a mild viral illness that can occur at any age, occurring most often in
children under age 10. The disease is characterized by vesicles (small blisters which contain clear
fluid) that occur inside the mouth, on the gums and on the side of the tongue. On rare occasions
persons with the virus that causes hand, foot and mouth disease may develop viral meningitis. Infants
who develop oral vesicles may stop nursing and become dehydrated. Most cases of hand, foot and
mouth disease occur in summer and fall.
What are the symptoms of hand, foot and mouth disease?
Hand, foot and mouth disease begins with a sore throat and a mild fever that can last from 1-3 days.
Vesicles form on the inside of the mouth usually on the cheek, gums and on the side of the tongue.
Vesicles later appear on the feet and the hands and occasionally on the buttocks, and may persist for
7-10 days.
How soon do symptoms appear?
Symptoms usually appear 3-6 days after exposure.
How is hand, foot and mouth disease spread?
The disease is spread by contact with nose and throat discharges and feces of infected people.
When and for how long is a person able to spread the disease?
A person with hand, foot and mouth disease can transmit the virus through nose or throat discharges
and feces during the acute stage of the illness. The virus can continue to be transmitted in the feces
perhaps as long as several weeks after the onset of infection when a person has no apparent illness.
What is the treatment for hand, foot and mouth disease?
Hand, foot and mouth disease is self-limiting and does not require treatment. Persons with the
disease should rest and may be given medication and liquids to control fever and pain associated with
the disease.
Does past infection make a person immune?
Immunity to the specific virus type is probably acquired after infection however the duration of the
immunity is unknown. Current immunity to a specific type of coxsackie virus will not prevent infection
from a different virus type.
What can be done to prevent the spread of hand, foot and mouth disease?
Particular attention should be given to thorough hand washing following contact with nose and throat
discharges and feces. Children with symptoms should not attend day care until the fever is no longer
present and the vesicles begin to subside.
DEVELOPED BY THE DIVISION OF PUBLIC HEALTH, BUREAU OF COMMUNICABLE DISEASE
COMMUNICABLE DISEASE EPIDEMIOLOGY SECTION
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42051 (Rev. 05/04)



Prevent Sports-related Eye Injuries__
Prevent Blindness Wisconsin Promotes Year-long Campaign to Prevent Eye Injuries
and to increase the awareness of the importance of eye protection while playing sports. Each year in the United States, there are approximately 600,000 documented sports-related eye injuries. Of these, roughly 72 percent occur in individuals younger than 25 years, and 43 percent in those younger than 15 years.

Because of this, Prevent Blindness America and the The American Public Health Association (APHA) strongly encourage all individuals, and particularly children, to wear proper eye protection when participating in sports.

“With sports such as baseball and softball gearing up in the spring, now is an ideal time to remind everyone to make sure that proper eye protection is part of the uniform,” said Tami Radwill, Program Director of Prevent Blindness Wisconsin.

Upwards of 90 percent of sports eye injuries can be prevented through the proper use of protective eyewear,” said Renee Mika, OD, Chair of the Vision Care Section at APHA. Injuries can range from temporary to permanent vision loss. This is indeed a public health concern that must be addressed.”

For more information on sports eye protection or vision and public policy issues, please call Prevent Blindness Wisconsin at (414) 765-0505 or visit preventblindness.org/wi.