Regina Smith

Mrs. Regina Smith

About Your Nurse

Mrs. Regina Smith is the registered nurse on staff. She handles all medications, takes care of allergies, and all emergencies.

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If you need to contact me, please email me at rsmith@richardhardy.org. Please allow 24-48 hours for a response.

Preventing the Flu: Good Health Habits Can Help Stop Germs

Fact Sheet

  • Avoid close contact.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick.
    • Keep sick children at home.
    • You will prevent others from catching the illness.
  • Cover your mouth and nose.
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
    • Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often.
    • Washing your hands and the hands of your children often will help protect you from germs.
    • Wash under the nails, as well as both sides of your hand with soap under warm water for at least one minute.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
    • Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
    • Use sanitizer whenever possible, but do not touch eyes, nose, or mouth as some contain chemicals that could cause discomfort.
  • Practice other good health habits.
    • Get plenty of sleep.
    • Be physically active.
    • Manage your stress.
    • Drink plenty of fluids.
    • Eat nutritious food.

Tennessee Immunization Requirements for Child Care & School

For details click Tennessee Department of Health (TDOH)

Children in Child Care Facilities:

  • Diptheria-Tetanus-Pertussis (DTap, or DT if appropriate)
  • Hepatitis B (HBV)
  • Poliomyelitis (IPV or OPV)
  • Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib): age younger than 5 years only (this requirement is reseumed following suspension during a national Hib vaccine shortage 2008-2009)
  • Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV): age younger than 5 years only
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (1 dose of each, usually given together as MMR)
  • Varicella (1 dose or history of disease
  • Hepatitis A (1 dose by 18 months of age)

Children entering Kindergarten:

  • Diptheria-Tetanus-Pertussis (DTap, or DT if appropriate)
  • Hepatitis B (HBV)
  • Poliomyelitis (IPV or OPV): final dose on or after the 4th birthday now required
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (2 doses of each, usually given together as MMR)
  • Varicella (2 doses or history of disease): previously only one dose was required
  • Hepatitis A (2 doses): effective July 1, 2011

Children entering 7th grade:

  • Tetanus-diptheria-pertussis booster ("Tdap")
  • Verification of immunity to varicella (2 doses or history of disease)

Children who are new enrollees in a TN school in grades other than K or 7th:

  • Diptheria-Tetanus-Pertussis (DTaP, or DT if appropriate)
  • Hepatitis B (HBV): previously only for Kindergarten, 7th grade entry
  • Poliomyelitis (IPV or OPV): final dose on or after the 4th birthday now required
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (2 doses of each, usually given together as MMR)
  • Varicella (2 doses or history of disease): previously only one dose was required

Children with medical or religious exemption to requirements:

  • Medical: Healthcare provider must indicate which specific vaccines are medically exempted (because of risk or harm) on the new form. Other vaccines remain required.
  • Religious: Requires only a signed statement by the parent/guardian that vaccination conflicts with their religious tenets or practices. If documentation of a health examination is required, it must be noted by the health care provider on the immunization certificate. In that case, the provider may explain the absence of the immunization information by checking that the parent has obtained a religious exemption.

Directions for Washing Hands

HOW

  1. Wet hands with running water
  2. Place soap into palms
  3. Rub together to make a lather
  4. Scrub hands vigorously for 20 seconds
  5. Rinse soap off hands
  6. Dry hands with disposable paper towels, not on clothing

WHEN

  • After going to the toilet
  • Upon exiting animal areas
  • Before eating
  • Before preparing foods
  • After removing soiled clothes or shoes
  • Any time you have touched public items