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Potsdam High School

Health Office » Nurse


Jennifer Urias, RN, BSN
 Phone: 315-265-2000 ext. 800
Fax: 315-265-8134
Important Information:
Meningococcal Vaccination: NY State immunization requirements for 12th graders changed in fall 2016. A meningococcal vaccination is now required for all 12th graders to attend school. Below is a link with information about the disease. 

 Is It Allergies or a Cold?

With the arrival of allergy season, it can become difficult to distinguish between a common cold or allergies. How you approach treatment is often dependent on which symptoms you are experiencing.

Common colds are generally caused by viruses, while seasonal allergies are responses by your immune system to combat allergens. The treatment options vary. According to the Mayo Clinic, treatments for the common cold may include pain relievers, rest and over-the-counter cold remedies, while allergy remedies often consist of over-the-counter or prescription antihistamines, nasal sprays and decongestants.

The National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases says the duration of the common cold can last 3 to 14 days, whereas airborne allergies can last several weeks! This time range can influence how cold and allergy treatment is approached – meaning you don’t want to focus on treating a short-term cold if you are experiencing long-term allergies.

 Frequently Used Forms
A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that affects your brain function. Effects are usually temporary but can include headaches and problems with concentration, memory, balance and coordination. Most teenagers recover fully after a concussion. Below is a CDC fact sheet for parents that I encourage you to read, particularly if your child has suffered a concussion.