The North East Health Protection Team have been made aware that a number of children attending Kingsmeadow School have reported recent illness, with symptoms including fever, sore throat, coughs and vomiting. While such illness is common at this time of year, the team has provided some further information and advice to help parents with prevention and treatment.
Flu and flu-like viruses spread easily between people from coughs and sneezes. They can live on hands and surfaces for 24 hours. The best way to stop the spread of infectious illnesses is to practice good hygiene. Please encourage your child to wash their hands frequently with warm water and soap, particularly after using the toilet, after using a tissue to catch a sneeze or cough and before eating.
Viral gastrointestinal illnesses which cause vomiting and diarrhoea are not uncommon during this time of year. If your child develops vomiting or diarrhoea, it is important that they stay off school until 48 hours after they last vomited or passed diarrhoea, to ensure they do not pass infection onto other students.
As always, please contact your GP or NHS 111 if you are concerned or need further advice on how to manage an illness.
A full copy of the letter from the North East Health Protection Team can be found here.