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School Based Health Yellow Jacket Season Centers Offer Options From La Pine Community Health Clinic

In the summer of 2014, Deschutes County Health Services (DCHS) selected La Pine Community Health Center (LCHC) to be the Medical Sponsor for the La Pine School Based Health Center (SBHC). This would allow primary medical care to be offered to students and families at the existing site on the high school campus. LCHC began seeing patients at that site in September, 2014. Kristina Timmons, FNP, is at the La Pine SBHC on Monday, Wednesday and Friday’s from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Located at 51605 Coach Road in La Pine (in the La Pine Community Campus building in front of La Pine High School), the La Pine School Based Health Center offers Primary Care for the Entire Family, Adults and Children including: Well Child Exams, Sports Physicals, Immunizations, Child Developmental Screenings, Unexpected Illness, Annual Exams for Men & Women, Disease Management (Diabetes, High Blood Pressure and others), Women’s Health (Pap & Breast Exams). Also offered are Referral Services, Discounted Fee Program, Outreach Services as well as Assisting patients apply for medication programs. The SBHC has been well received by the students, families and the community members. Although for the past two years LCHC has financially supported the cost of the site, we will begin receiving grant dollars from the State of Oregon pushed through from DCHS. This will enable us to continue to provide additional ancillary services that we offer at all of our other LCHC sites. As part of the mandate to meet the State of Oregon’s requirements as a SBHC, we must provide services to everyone, inclusive mission to all clients regardless of ability to pay for services, fit with the mission and vision of the school based health center model and willingness to meet school based health center certification standards. We have met all of these standards and look forward to continuing this rewarding work. The La Pine SBHC is open year around. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call 541-536-0400 or 541-536-3435.

From La Pine Rural Fire Protection District In late summer, and early fall, Yellow Jackets, wasps, and hornets are at their largest population levels and the possible interactions with people (and pets) are not often pleasant! Yellow Jackets are most aggressive when seeking food (sweets, fats, and proteins – think picnic foods, BBQ, and beverages) and when protecting their nest. Again, being stung is not pleasant – but fortunately for most everyone (both adults and children) - it is not an emergency. Prevention is always the best solution to anything potentially negative and encounters with Yellow Jackets are no exception. Situational awareness is a big factor. Yellow Jackets often nest in the ground duff, or tree and stump hollows. They also will build nest under eaves, decks, planters, and in areas that are protected from the weather. There will be considerable activity in the area, especially during warmer temperatures. When eating outside, or drinking beverages, or dealing with foods scraps like garbage - encounters are more likely as they will be attracted to the food. Yellow Jacket traps are effective in reducing populations near frequented sites like back yards. Obviously long sleeve shirts and pants also offer more protection when there is Yellow Jacket activity in the area. Needless to say - do not disturb an active nest. During cooler temps and at times of low activity (i.e. at night) a long distance wasp spray can be effective on a nest site. If you, or your children, do have an unfortunate encounter, it will definitely be unpleasant and hurt, but likely not an emergency unless you are the very rare individual who is severely allergic. The best thing to do according to Web MD and other

medical guides is to:

Remove any stingers immediately if still present (Yellow Jackets and wasps don’t leave stingers but honey bees do). Some experts recommend scraping out the stinger with a credit card. Wash the sting site with soap and water. Placing an over the counter first aid cream (hydrocortisone) or sting aid product on the sting can help relieve redness, itching, and swelling. Applying cool packs to the site may provide some mild relief and help reduce swelling. If using ice, wrap the ice in a towel or keep a cloth between the ice and skin to keep from freezing the skin.

Taking an over the counter antihistamine such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl) or a non-sedating one such as loratadine (Claritin) will help with itching and swelling and other reactions. Take an over the counter ibuprofen (Motrin) or acetaminophen (Tylenol) for pain relief as needed.

Most people will see significant redness and swelling of the sting site, body area and even a whole hand or limb. This is a normal reaction which the antihistamine and cool packs will greatly help with. A life threating reaction, and one that requires calling 911 and/or getting immediate emergency care, is when the individual gets starts getting hives (a rash) over their whole body, breathing becomes difficult and blood pressure falls. In these situations, take an over the counter antihistamine as soon as possible, and possibly using a doctor prescribed EpiPen (only when and as directed) and then getting immediate medical care is important.

It’s Time for Back to School Immunizations

From Deschutes County With the start of the school year fast approaching, Deschutes County Health Services is reminding parents to make sure their children have all the immunizations Prescription & Health Counseling Specialists Herbal & Vitamin Supplements they need to go to school and stay healthy. Specialized Compounded Medications, “It’s really important to remember diseases such as measles and pertussis still Unique Gifts & Greeting Cards Including Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy exist and that children should be up to date on their shots before they enter childcare A Friendly Knowledgeable Staff Certified to Provide Immunizations or school,” said Jill Johnson, Immunization Program Coordinator for Health Services. Drive-Up Window for Convenience Oregon law requires that children in school, preschool, or a childcare facility We Provide Prescriptions by Mail need proof that they are protected against measles, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, mumps, rubella, hepatitis A and B, and varicella. Parents should take note that one dose of Tdap vaccine is required for incoming 7th graders. Tdap is a tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough) booster. Whooping cough is a serious health concern in Oregon with more than 40 cases recorded last year in Deschutes County. Parents need to have documentation showing proof of immunizations, a medical exemption, or a non-medical exemption on file with their child’s school before December 2016 or they will receive a notice stating that the child will be excluded from school or daycare because of the missing immunization records. Only those who have a medical reason for not being vaccinated or have completed the education Janice Cody, RN, MSN, MPH, FNP-C is a Family Nurse Practitioner, required for a non-medical exemption board certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. are exempt. For more information on immunization requirements and Janice graduated with a BSN from Seton Hall University in New Jersey 51600 Huntington Rd exemptions, visit: https://public.health. in 1983 and worked as an RN in Critical Care and Ambulatory Care. La Pine, Oregon oregon.gov/PreventionWellness/ Janice graduated from the University of Hawaii in 1998 with a MPH. VaccinesImmunization/ GettingImmunized/Pages/SchParents. She then decided to move towards a career as a Family Nurse HOURS: Monday - Friday aspx. Practitioner (FNP) and received her MSN as a FNP from Gonzaga 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Parents can call their child’s health care provider, a School-Based Health University in Spokane, WA in 2015. Janice has been working as a FNP Sat. - 9:00 am to 1:00 pm Center or Deschutes County Health Walk-in Clinic is open in Prineville and is excited to begin working at LCHC serving the Services at (541) 322-7400 to make an Mon.- Fri. 8:00 am to 6:00 pm La Pine community. immunization appointment. Also, most pharmacies provide immunizations for Please welcome Janice to our community when you see her! children 11 years and older.

Welcome Janice Cody

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