Information from Public Health
Winter-readiness information from Public Health
I have received information from Public Health England which I thought I would share with you. Pupils and staff in schools are particularly susceptible to infections which increase over the winter months, such as flu and stomach infections. These can be very infectious and cause outbreaks in school settings due to the close contact amongst pupils and staff. The spread of these illnesses can be limited by improving infection control practices within school.
FLU: It is recommended the best way to avoid catching and spreading the flu is by having the vaccination before the flu season starts for more information visit: www.nhs.uk/child-flu. If your child shows signs of FLU they may return to school when they are symptom free.
SICKNESS/NOROVIRUS (Winter vomiting bug): It is recommended that an infection with the norovirus is self-limiting and most people will make a full recovery in 1-2 days.
The full booklet from Public Health England is available on our website: www.davington.kent.sch.uk. As parents, you know your children best therefore please use your own judgement when sending your child to school if they have shown any signs of FLU or sickness and/or diarrhoea. In certain cases, vomiting may be caused by over indulgence or a dislike to something they have eaten which is different to a bout of sickness, when we ask that you keep your child away from school for 48 hours.