Every fall and winter Glendale schools as well as schools across the country remind parents of the cold and flu season and how to help their children remain healthy. This year the California Department of Education is also focusing on staph infections, especially methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).
“This (MRSA) is the hot topic,” said Glendale district nurse Lynda Burlison.
The staph infection has been in the media lately since several students across the country have contracted it. “It is nothing new but the fact that a student died back east makes us feel more vulnerable which is why we [at the district] decided to take the steps we did and send out notices to parents.”
Burlison’s office sent out notices to parents throughout the district that explains influenza and other types of infection. The goal is to help parents understand the infections that are in schools this season and to help them take the proper precautions, Burlison said.