- Strep throat is an infection in the throat and tonsils caused by group A Streptococcus bacteria (called “group A strep”). However, most sore throats are caused by viruses, not bacteria.
- Group A strep bacteria spread through contact with droplets from an infected person’s cough or sneeze. If you touch your mouth, nose, or eyes after touching something that has these droplets on it, you may become ill.
- No one can diagnose strep throat just by looking at your throat. Doctors can swab your throat to see if you have strep throat.
- People with strep throat should stay home from work, school, or daycare until they no longer have a fever and have taken antibiotics for at least 24 hours.
- Antibiotics taken for strep throat reduce the length of time you’re sick, prevent long-term health problems, and help prevent spreading the infection to friends and family members.
The days are getting longer and it is tempting to keep the kids up longer but they still need the same amount of sleep. Families get busy, especially during Spring on the Vineyard but children need a good nights rest to do their best at school each day.
School Age Children should be getting at least 10-11 hours of sleep every night. If your child gets up for school at 6:30am, they should be going to bed no later than 8:30 pm.
A great resource for sleep help with children is:
Ticks are year round islanders, but as summer approaches and the island population increases, so does the tick population! It is important to frequently check yourself and your child for ticks, and wear protective clothing (a hat and light-colored clothing, including long-sleeved shirts and long pants tucked into boots or socks when walking in tall grass or brush).
A few tips from the MV Board of Health:
Shower or bathe as soon as possible after working outdoors to wash off and check for ticks.
Remember to check your hair, underarms, and groin for ticks.
Immediately remove ticks from your body using fine-tipped tweezers.
Grasp the tick firmly and as close to your skin as possible (as shown in photo below)
Pull the tick's body away from your skin with a steady motion.
Clean the area with soap and water. Call your physician.
Removing infected ticks within 24 hours reduces your risk of being infected with the Lyme disease bacterium.
Lana Schaefer, RN, BSN, NCSN
508-693-0951 ext. 281