Welcome to the October 2, 2015 edition of the Peralta Broadcast!
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An Ounce of Prevention, Peralta lines up to Shoo the Flu
Benjamin Franklin didn't live long enough to witness a vaccine, but one could surmise that the man who said, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," would applaud the community health effort to "Shoo the Flu."
For the second consecutive year, Oakland pre-K and elementary school students can get FREE flu vaccines. Shoo the Flu (http://peraltaschool.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=7c1e8ec8a4cc5f87a6964cac9&id=818e208421&e=453c95996e) , is a partnership of the Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD), California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD).
“In 2014, we were able to provide over 8,000 vaccinations at over 100 Oakland area schools. We’re building on that success by expanding our program to include more schools and hopefully vaccinate more students,” said Erica Pan, MD, MPH, Director of the Division of Communicable Disease Control and Prevention at Alameda County Public Health Department. “Students can spread the flu quickly. School- based flu vaccine programs are one of the best ways to protect the community against the flu”
How it Works
On November 6th Peralta K-5th graders can receive the flu vaccine during school hours. Receiving the flu vaccine is voluntary, and is free for students, with or without insurance. Most children will receive flu protection through a nasal spray instead of an injection. Children with certain health conditions like asthma may need to get an injection.
“It’s important for parents and guardians to know that vaccines administered at Flu Vaccine Days are the same as what students would receive from their regular health care provider,” said Cheryl Burden, program manager of OUSD Nursing Services. “We’ve found that the nasal spray is effective for vaccinations given at schools, where needles can cause some anxiety. There was tremendous success during last year’s program and we’re looking forward to providing the same level of care during the 2015 program.”
For students to get flu protection, parents/guardians must complete and return a consent form that went home with kids or at www.ShooTheFlu.org. If you DO NOT WANT your child to receive the flu vaccination write your child's name and 'NO' across the form.
Yes or No, Jan and others in the office ask that you please return forms ASAP.
Does the Flu Shot Work?
(Hopefully you have other sources of health news outside of the Peralta Broadcast, if not, we encourage you to get on that.)
Most health professionals believe that besides protecting students and reducing flu in the community, school-based flu vaccine programs reduce absenteeism in students and teachers. But where is the data?
Shoo the Flu is partnering with the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health to study whether school-based flu vaccine programs reduce the spread of flu in the community. UC Berkeley researchers will conduct a pilot of the evaluation, named the Bay Area Flu Study, this school year. They will ask parents/guardians and community members to complete surveys on flu and flu-like illness in their households. Parent/guardian recruitment will take place through a small subset of OUSD schools. Parent/guardian participation in the surveys is not a requirement for students to receive a flu vaccine through Shoo the Flu. The Bay Area Flu Study will provide evidence-based findings for creating sustainable school-based vaccine programs.
It was a controversial year in California. In June, Governor Jerry Brown signed one of the most far-reaching vaccination laws in the nation - barring religious and other personal-belief exemptions for school children.
Peralta families who requested a Personal Belief Exemption after January 1, 2014 are required to get a Personal Belief Exemption from their pediatrician. For questions call the Peralta office or nurse Jacinda Chen.
BOO! Get your kid a costume!
Halloween is right around the corner. The Peralta Halloween Parade will take place on Friday, Oct. 30th at 12:55PM.
Rockridge Out and About - October 11th If you are a fan of pumpkins and such...A day of live music, street entertainment, gourmet food and more. From noon to 6PM, check out College Ave on Sunday October 11th. Check out the highlights by clicking here (http://peraltaschool.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=7c1e8ec8a4cc5f87a6964cac9&id=32a2bc1aef&e=453c95996e) . Years past the event has been a big hit with the kids.
Raffle to Benefit Peralta
Also..Market Hall and Cole Hardware have put together a raffle to benefit nine OUSD schools: Chabot, Claremont, Emerson, Hillcrest, Kaiser, Oakland Tech, Peralta, Piedmont Avenue and Sankofa. Market Hall and Cole Hardware will each match up to $2500 in raffle tickets proceeds, for a combined fundraising opportunity of $7500. The matching is capped but grab a ticket with the chance to win: * Claremont Hotel Stay * Experience Rockridge Gift Pack * Restaurant and Spa Gift Certificates * Gift Baskets and More
Purchase tickets at the cheese counter in Market Hall or visit the booth on Sunday October 11th.
Shop with Heart at Ashby Lumber - October 24th
Before the rains hit - we hope - you may be planning some projects. Now is a good time to buy supplies, Ashby Lumber will give five percent of all sales at the Berkeley location to Peralta on Saturday, October 24th.
Oaktoberfest - October 3rd
Oaktoberfest celebrates the history, the flavors, and the people of the Bay Area. Oakland’s Dimond District hosts this one-of-a-kind Fall Festival (combining Oktoberfest with Oakland), welcoming thousands with craft beer & food, entertainment, arts, and ecology. The Dimond continues a tradition as an entertainment destination, begun in the early 1900’s when Beer Gardens and German vacation resorts lined the boulevard. Oaktoberfest will bring world-class beer to the tented beer hall, serving steins of traditional German flavors and regional brew pub favorites. Check out the website (http://peraltaschool.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=7c1e8ec8a4cc5f87a6964cac9&id=b76ce5cdb5&e=453c95996e) .
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