PISD Wellness Page
West Nile Virus
West Nile virus is a disease spread by mosquitoes. This disease is not contagious and cannot be spread from one human to the other. At this time, there have been no confirmed cases of West Nile Virus in Palacios, but a couple cases reported exhibiting mild symptoms. There have been some requests for school employees to spray students with mosquito spray during the school day, but employees are not authorized to spray any type of repellant on students. We do keep in contact with the city and they will regularly spray the community and areas around the schools as needed.
Contrary to popular belief, the influenza season often lasts until mid-May. In a February 1, 2016 health alert, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that influenza activity is increasing across the country. Because the flu can have a significant impact on an educational setting, it is crucial that parents have access to flu information and resources year round. Even though most children infected with influenza recover with little to no complications, some cases result in hospitalization and sometimes even death. In the 2014-2015 flu season, 19 influenza-associated pediatric deaths were reported in Texas. No child should suffer like this: please parents, get the flu shot for your children and for yourselves.
If you would like to read more information about this, the Texas Dept. of Health Services has a great website dedicated to this at: www.TexasFlu.org