Welcome to the LHS Health Services Home Page
Please explore this page to find information about Libertyville High School's district-wide policies and state laws on student health information requirements, links to external health-related websites, and current information relevant to teen health.
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Office: 847-327-7016 Fax: 847-327-7933
Cameron Traut RN, MS, PEL-IL/NCSN Alisa Wasserman, RN, BSN
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NEWS FROM THE NURSE
Changes in Immunization Requirements (State of Illinois mandates)
Meningococcal Conjuate Vaccine:
Beginning with the 2015-16 school year, any child entering the 12th grade shall show proof of having received 2 doses of meningococcal conjugate vaccine prior to entering 12th grade. The first dose shall have been received on or after the 11th birthday, and the second dose shall have been received on or after the 16th birthday, at least 8 weeks after the first dose. If the first dose is administered when the child is 16 years of age or older, only one dose is required.
Varicella (Chicken Pox) Vaccine:
Beginning with the 2014-2015 school year - all kindergarten, 6th, and 9th grade students were required to show proof of having received 2 doses of varicella vaccine prior to entering 9th grade. For the 2015-2016 school year - K, 1st, 6th, 7th, 9th, and 10th grades will be required to show proof of 2 doses of varicella vaccine.
Has there been an increase in the number of concussions in student athletes and other teens?
Maybe - more children and teens are involved in higher impact sports such as soccer, football, lacrosse, hockey, and others. However, thanks to recent and ongoing research, there is better recognition of symptoms and diagnosis, and subsequently, changes in treatment and care of concussions. What seems to be very conservative in treatment is actually more appropriate when the development of the adolescent brain is taken into consideration. The brain does not stop developing until the early to mid 20's. Therefore, injuries occuring at a younger age can have a lasting and significant impact on the brain's optimal function.
Symptoms of a concussion include: headaches, foggy/cloudy or slower thinking/processing, short/long term memory loss, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, inability to focus/concentrate, irritability, balance difficulties, and sensitivity to light or noise. Loss of consciousness does not have to be present to have a concussion.
Sometimes the symptoms do not appear immediately. Symptoms can appear 12-48 hours after the injury.
Immediately following a head injury or the diagnosis of a concussion, physicians prefer the teenager to "shut down," or avoid any "brain activities" for a prescribed amount of time. For a teenager, brain activities are described as reading, playing video games, texting, any computer use, watching TV, homework, and school work. As symptoms resolve, the teen can begin to return to small amounts of activity for shortened periods of time, with many breaks to give the brain an opportunity to rest. This is VERY important for healing - the more immediate and full rest an individual can get, the quicker and better outcome/recovery he or she will experience.
Libertyville High School strives to support students diagnosed with a concussion in accordance with medical professional recommendations and IHSA mandates. We have designed a protocol for concussion care specific to the educational community here at LHS. Please refer to this for guidance during a student's recovery period. Contact one of the school nurses with any questions.
More information on concussions can be found at:
Mononucleosis is an infectious disease caused most often by the Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV). Mono is usually a mild illness that goes away without treatment after several weeks. Many people who get mono don't even know they have it, but others can be ill with fever, swollen glands, extreme fatigue, sore throat, pain in the left upper part of the abdomen, and sometimes other infections such as strep throat. It is not easily spread. It lives and grows in the nose and throat. It is spread when people come in contact with infected fluids, such as through intimate contact or sharing of saliva - kissing, sharing drinking glasses, water bottles, eating utensils, straws, lip gloss......Treatment involves treating the symptoms with anti-inflammatory medications, increased fluid intake, rest, soothing herbal remedies, and antibiotics and/or steroids for more complicated and secondary/bacterial infections.
PE/sports are to be avoided until asymptomatic due to the increased risk of injury to the spleen. Mono can cause the spleen to enlarge.
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