Strep...2nd time in a month for me

  1. Hi,
    This is my first year in an elementary school and I have had strep twice in 5 weeks. I wash my hands constantly. I sent a kid home thursday for what I thought looked like the start of strep, but that's it.
    I have worked in the ER exposed to EVERYTHING. I don't get it. Anyone else out there have strep this year?
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  3. by   abc123RN
    Not strep (YET) but last night something hit me, fever, nausea, head ache...feel like I got hit by a truck. Kiddos at my school have had everything this week, strep, flu, stomach virus...
    Hope you feel better soon, OP!!
  4. by   ceebeejay
    I am not a school nurse, but as a mom I can say that kid bugs are the worst! Don't know why but they spread the most vicious illness. Feel better.
  5. by   Sun0408
    Don't forget to change your toothbrush. Kids can give us some nasty bugs can't they LOL..
  6. by   SassyTachyRN
    This is my first year as a full time school nurse and I have tested positive for strep and had four other viral illnesses since August. I always, always sanitize after every student in the clinic and clean my hands constantly.
  7. by   JenTheSchoolRN
    Working with those kid and school germs is tough! I haven't gotten sick yet this year (::knocks on wood:, but I did work for 7 years prior to my nursing career with college kids every day. I think their germs toughened me up!

    Still, my co-workers to which is their first year in a school setting, they are getting every bug that comes year, your immune system might be made of steel, OP. Here's hoping! Feel better! ::hugs::
  8. by   NutmeggeRN
    It takes a little time to build up your immunities.

    Feel Better soon!
  9. by   Nurse ABC
    Yes this a hazard of our job. We get exposed over and over to every illness going around whereas a teacher may only be exposed once or twice. I seem to catch every stomach virus that goes around. Not fun. I love when a kid is getting ready to puke and the teacher yells to go see the nurse! No-please find a trash can or bathroom first-whichever is closest!