Health Office News

May 25, 2022

From: AAS Health Office

☀️  Summer Sendoff – Emotional Regulation

Summer is just around the corner and there’s so much to think about!

As you tie up loose ends on campus, it can be hard to find time to pause and take a moment to recognize all of the growth that’s been made, celebrate the challenges that were overcome, and map out goals for the road ahead.

Check out this Summer Journal with the following activities:

All about me
First, with the help of a family member, students will discover facts about themselves and what makes them who they are.

  • Full name
  • Birthday
  • A baby photo
  • Where I was born
  • Where I have lived
  • Where I have traveled
  • My family
  • Favorite family memories
  • Someone I admire

Second, they will paste a favorite photo and write about what is happening and why it is important to them.
While this is a fun way to include families in the learning and broaden the learning community and experience.

Acts of Kindness
We know that acts of kindness and small gestures can bring joy to others, and by helping others, we in turn benefit especially in these stressful, uncertain times. In fact, by thinking about and doing things to help others, we can actually reduce our own anxiety. Brainstorm kind words to use when communicating with other people!

There are a wide range of mindfulness activities for kids from yoga, meditation, deep breathing, or even blowing bubbles. In this activity, we will help you help your students learn to focus on the present moment by identifying something that helps them calm down. The first page will prompt students for things they can see, hear, smell, and think about that help them calm down. And the second page is for them to draw a picture or print out an image of something (or things) that helps them calm down.

ℹ️  HPV vaccination

Professor Harald zur Hausen has demonstrated the connection between the human papillomavirus (HPV) and cervical cancer, and thus laid the foundation for the development of the HPV vaccine.

For his work in the field, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2008. Human papillomavirus infection (HPV) affects 70-80% of female population throughout the lifetime, exposing them to the risk of developing genital warts and cervical cancer. Despite these correlated risks and the demonstrated efficacy of the vaccine, coverage rates for two-three doses are below the expected.

Show the FAQ

What is HPV?
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a virus. Like all viruses, HPV causes infection by entering cells. Once inside a cell, HPV takes control of the cell’s internal machinery and uses it to make copies of itself. These copies then infect other nearby cells. HPV infection is a slow process. In most people, the immune system clears the body of HPV before it causes disease. HPV infections can cause genital warts. HPV infections also can cause changes in cells that can lead to cancer over time, including cancer of the cervix.

When can HPV infection cause cancer?
The immune system fights most HPV infections and clears them from the body, usually within 2 years. But sometimes HPV infections can last longer. A longer infection with a “high-risk” HPV type can turn into cancer. It usually takes years for this to happen.

When should people get the HPV vaccine?
Vaccination works best when it is done before a person is sexually active and exposed to HPV. But vaccination can still reduce the risk of getting HPV for people who have already been sexually active. The ideal age for HPV vaccination of girls and boys is 11 or 12, but it can be given starting at age 9 and through age 26.

What are the side effects of the HPV vaccine?
The most common side effect of the HPV vaccine is soreness and redness where the shot is given. There have been no reports of severe side effects or bad reactions to the vaccine.

Did you know?
In Russia, HPV vaccination is available for girls aged 12-13 in state hospitals free of charge – learn more here.

☝️  COVID Safety

As we look for ways to allow to go back to in-person learning, the Health office would like to remind students of healthy habits in the classroom that can help curb the spread of illness, including COVID-19.

Please, remember that it’s important to wash your hands and do it properly!


If you have a student and/or a family member that is experiencing any flu-like symptoms, please, keep your children (all siblings) home for 48 hours since the symptoms onset and ensure wearing a mask around other people. Even minor symptoms could be a sign of COVID. We definitely recommend staying home and getting tested if you are having any doubts.

We would also like to remind you that if your child has a fever above 37.5 C, your household members should remain home until fever free for at least 72 hours without any fever-reducing medications. Please, see our COVID response flowchart and do not hesitate to reach out to the Health Office for further guidance!

Thank you for your commitment to keep our students and the AAS community healthy and safe!
The AAS Health Office Team.