Keep Your Sick Child at Home

Dear Parents,

The School health Centre is seeing a very high number of students with fever. We have received a few medical reports positive for influenza (Flu).

Many students detail to the nurse that they were sick before coming to school. Unfortunately, there is nothing we are able to do except send your children home, but not before they have passed their germs onto other students on the school bus and in the classroom.

What can parents do to help minimize the cross infection risk to our students, staff and UNIS Hanoi community:

  • If your child is unwell in the morning take their temperature.
  • Keep your child at home if they have a fever of 38 degrees C / 100 degrees F
  • Ensure your child stays at home at least one full day after a fever has broken naturally, without fever-reducing medicines. This allows their body time to fully recover.
  • Ensure your child stays home for one full day  after the last episode of diarrhea and/or vomiting.
  • Notify the nurses at of illness so we can continue to monitor

Many thanks for your ongoing support,

School Health Centre Nurses

Give Blood – Give Life – Community Blood Drive

Dear UNIS Hanoi Family,

Giving blood can save up to three lives and the need is constant.

UNIS Hanoi is organising it’s annual community blood drive in collaboration with the National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion (NIHBT) on Thursday, April 18 from 8.30 – 12.00 / 13.15 – 17.30 in the B7 Community Room.

This event is open to the wider community to join.

We hope to make this event as convenient as possible, it only takes about 45 minutes to give blood and is an easy 3-step process:
1) Bring ID and Register
2) Take a blood test
3) Donate blood
Preparation for the Blood Donation:
– Please read the Basic Donation Information
– Fill out THIS FORM (a schedule will be sent to you).
– Bring ID to register
– Eat a light healthy meal 2 hours before donating blood
– Drink as much water as possible
Steps of the Blood Donation:
– Arrive between 8.30 – 11.15 or 13.15 – 17.30
– Complete registration form from NIHBT
– Medical examination (pulse, blood pressure, blood test)
– Wait 10-15 minutes for test results
– Donate blood 10 -15 minutes (250ml female, 350-450ml male)
– Refreshments, gifts and transportation allowance collection
What do you gain by donating blood?
– You save lives!
– Vietnamese donors are put on a donor database and are prioritized if a blood transfusion is needed
– 45,000VND transportation allowance (option to donate to Service Learning)
– Gift (option to donate to Service Learning)
Any questions? Please don’t hesitate to ask!
School Health Centre (
Nurse Susan McComic (
Vietnamese Nurse Lan Anh (

School Health Centre: Fever & Respritory Illness

In recents days the SHC has seen an increase in fever and respiratory related illness. Please help us, help our community by taking the following preventative steps to stop the spread of germs.​

  • ​Hand washing is a powerful antidote to illness​. Wash hands with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • ​When coughing or sneezing, cover mouth with tissue or turn away from people, and cough into the shoulder or crook of the elbow. Throw the tissue in the trash bin after using.​
  • ​Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If having flu-like symptoms, stay home for at least 24 hours after fever is gone. Limit contact with others to keep from infecting others. ​
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs.

The School Health Centre team