Note from West Genesee Nurses to Families (April 2, 2020)
We hope this letter finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy! We miss you all and you are in our thoughts daily.
As we all strive to make choices that will preserve our health, let us remember that keeping our lungs healthy is of particular importance. With that in mind, we would like to present important things to know about the use of e-cigarettes or vaping.
According to Dr. Humberto Choi, a pulmonologist at the Cleveland Clinic, the number of teens who are vaping has far surpassed that of teens who are smoking cigarettes. E-cigarettes are easy to hide devices that produce a pleasant odor which fades quickly. As with cigarette smoking, vaping can also compromise the respiratory system. This means that people who smoke or vape are more susceptible to lung infections.
The ingredients in vaping liquids, especially in flavored electronic cigarettes can affect cell function in the airways and suppress the lungs’ ability to fight infection. Per Dr. Choi, “This increases the chances of having a respiratory infection which is extremely important to keep in mind, especially now when we are still facing flu season; and now that we are in the middle of a Coronavirus pandemic.”
This is an opportune time for families to have an open conversation about vaping. Even if your child isn’t vaping, chances are they know someone who is and will be offered a chance to try it.
Talk together about the dangers of vaping and try to understand the factors that might motivate a person to try it such as peer pressure, stress or wanting to look more grown up. Clear up any misconceptions and talk through good ways to respond if your child ever feels pressured to try it. If you are still concerned, it is reasonable to discuss this, or any topic with your child’s doctor at the next appointment.
Please remember that we are here to help as always. Feel free to contact us via email with your questions or concerns in the days ahead. We will be happy to respond.
Be Safe and Healthy!
Note from West Genesee Nurses to Families (March 20, 2020)
As your school nurses, we are always concerned with the health of our students and their families. We understand that this school closure is stressful and can cause anxious feelings in everyone. We want you to know that although we are not in our school buildings, we are still here for you.
There has been much in the media about how to stop the spread of Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19. We know that you are doing your part by staying home and keeping your children home with you. It’s okay to go outside! Please remember that even time outside, should be shared and enjoyed, with family members only.
Once again, please know that we are here for you. If you have a question, concern, or just need some reassurance for your child, please email us. We too are home with our families, but we will have access to our email and will be more than happy to respond.