From the School Health Centre

Reminder of our School Policies on illness – This protects the health and wellbeing of ALL students and staff.


If you suspect your child has conjunctivitis please seek medical advice.

Symptoms of conjunctivitis are:

  • Red eyes
  • Watery discharge
  • A yellow or green discharge common in bacterial infections
  • Feeling of grit or sand
  • Itchy eyes
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Swollen eyelids
  • Crusts that form on the eyelid overnight

Exclusion from School: The Nurse shall not exclude those whose conjunctivitis is mild or associated with a cold or allergy. For cases considered to be viral or bacterial then the School Nurse should direct to medical evaluation.

Findings That Help to Differentiate Cause:

Allergic: discharge remains watery; bilateral

Bacterial: the common meaning of “pink eye”: purulent drainage (pus)-thick, yellow to greenish yellow color and more crusting during sleep; usually begins in one eye and spread to the other by hand, contaminated eye mascara, etc. often begins in one eye but progresses to the other eye. This is contagious but less easily transmitted to others than viral.

Viral: usually less severe, watery discharge but may be thick and white to pale yellow; lasts 3-5 days. Most often in both eyes. This is highly contagious but does not require antibiotics.

All three may occur with the common cold.


An oral temperature of 38 ° Celsius or 100.4° Fahrenheit or higher is considered a fever.

Exclusion from School:  All students/teachers presenting to the School Health Centre with a fever will be required to go home and not return for 24hrs after the last normal temperature (without taking any oral medication to reduce the fever). If no fever; but appears unwell the person is to remain at home until they are better.


If your child has vomiting or diarrhea, please keep them home for 24 hours after last vomit/diarrhea episode.


Parents, please remember to do frequent inspections of your child’s head in order to prevent lice infestations. With your help, we can keep lice to a minimum.

Children found to have live lice will be required to commence treatment. Once treatment has commenced, children will be able to return to school. The discovery of nits or live lice should not cause the student to be sent home from school or to be isolated at school. Parents will be notified and advised of the required management. Students may be transported home as usual.

For more information please come by the School Health Centre (B9, or we are available via phone or email

Phone: 02473004505

Sore Throats…

COUGH……COLDS……ahhhh chooo……….and the dreadful FLU!

This week we have seen many students, teachers and parents with symptoms of sore throats, cough, colds and runny nose. Let us try keep our students in the classroom and not at home by having a look at some health reminders for this time of the year when those little germs are out and about.

Cold, flu and respiratory illness are caused by different viruses. They have similar flu like symptoms and can be difficult to tell the differences. In general, flu is worse than the common cold and symptoms such as fever, body aches, extreme tiredness and a dry cough are more common and intense. Colds are milder than the flu. People with colds tend to snort, sniffle and sneeze and they don’t result in serious health problems like pneumonia and bacterial infections.

Sore Throats
Sore throats make it painful to swallow and feels dry and scratchy.  A sore throat is a frequent symptom of the common cold or other respiratory tract infection.

Most sore throats are caused by viruses, like the ones that cause cold or flu.  Other sore throats like strep throat are caused by bacteria; which will require review by a Doctor for diagnosis and treatment.

Other causes
Allergies, dry air, pollution (airborne or chemical)

Smoking and exposure to 2nd hand smoke. Contact with other sick people.  NOT WASHING YOUR HANDS, not covering your cough or sneezes.

Signs and Symptoms of a viral infection accompanied by a sore throat
Sneezing, coughing, watery eyes, mild headache, mild body aches, runny nose, low grade fever.

See a Doctor if:

  • Sore throat more than 1 week
  • Difficulty in swallowing or breathing
  • Temperature 38 Celsius or 100 F
  • Pus on the back of the throat
  • Rash
  • Blood in saliva or phlegm
  • Symptoms of dehydration, like – dry mouth, sleepiness
  • Decrease urination, muscle weakness, headache, dizziness
  • If your child has had contact with someone with strep throat or reoccurring sore throats
  • You as a parent are not sure and need advice

How can you help?

  • Sore throat – ice chips and lozenges (visit; to see if over counter lozenges are safe for your child).  Keep up your fluids.
  • Ear Pain – warm cloth over the ear that hurts.
  • Headache – res, oral pain relief
  • Runny nose and Sinus Pain – Warm compress over nose and forehead to relieve nasal congestion. Breathe in steam from a bowl of hot water (always supervise your child) or run a warm shower and inhale the steam. Clean humidifier or cool mist vaporizer. Consider getting the flu vaccination (FMP and Raffles have this on offer)

No School
If you child has a fever (fever is 37.8 c or above) your child must stay home. Your child must be fever free for at least 24hrs without fever reducing medication.

Washing Hands Saves Lives

Washing your hands is easy, and it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs. Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community—from your home and workplace to childcare facilities and hospitals.

Follow these five steps every time.

  • Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  • Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  • Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  • Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

Wash Your Hands Often to Stay Healthy

You can help yourself and your loved ones stay healthy by washing your hands often, especially during these key times when you are likely to get and spread germs:

  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • After using the toilet
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
  • After handling pet food or pet treats.
  • After touching garbage.

School Health Centre

Welcome to a Healthy School Year!

The School Health Centre would love to welcome everyone to an exciting new school year.  We are located opposite the Elementary Principal’s office B9 – G44.  We are here to support students, parents and faculty.

School Health Centre REMINDERS

You can read more about Allergies in the school Handbooks (ES Handbook page 15-16, MS Handbook p21, HS Handbook p24).

Please update your child’s medical records with us if there is any changes.

2. Exclusions

If your child/children have the following symptoms, please do not send them to school. If a child presents with these symptoms, we will contact you to come and collect them for the safety of your child and others.

  • fever 38 degrees C or 104.4 F
  • diarrhea or vomiting
  • infectious disease
  • signs of pink eye (conjunctivitis)

Students must remain at home for 24 hours following the last unmedicated fever or episode of diarrhea and or vomiting.

There is full exclusion information and useful health information on the portal in the School Health Centre site.

3. Clean Hands Save Lives

Wash hands with soap and clean water and drying with a clean paper towel is our number from protection from infection.

  • before school
  • before and after eating
  • after using the bathroom

Keeping hands clean is one of the most important things we can do to stop the spread of germs and stay healthy.

4. Health Alert from the Vietnam Ministry of Health 

There is a current outbreak of DENGUE FEVER in Vietnam.

Precautions involve protecting yourself from mosquitoes. Staying in accommodations with air conditioning and sealed windows can help keep mosquitoes from getting in.

When you are out and about, you should be wearing mosquito repellent, insect repellant with DEET or icaridin.

If you are concerned you have Dengue Fever seek medical help immediately.

5. Stay Hydrated! 

It’s hot outside! Hot weather can cause heat related illness. Talk to your children about:

  • Having a water bottle with them at all times and refilling.
  • Drink 2-4 cups of water every hour while exercising.
  • Wear a hat.
  • Wear sunscreen to prevent sun burn

6. Cover Your Cough 

We encourage students to cover their cough with the inner elbow rather than into the open air or into a hand. This is recognized as a sure way to stop the spread of germs.

School Health Centre

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