Help stop the spread of germs as the new school term starts

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As you’ll be aware, the new school term after Christmas and New Year means that there are often lots of children who turn up to school with common illnesses. The local NHS is encouraging people to help fight back against the spread of germs and keep people well.

There are a few important things that staff in schools can help with:

Your help will be really important in making sure germs are not spread widely and ensure NHS services, such as A&E, are there for the people who need them the most.

Many common winter illnesses, such as coughs, colds and flu, will clear up on their own, and people are advised to rest at home. There is lots of advice on managing common conditions on the NHS Choices website – If people do need advice, they are encouraged to visit their pharmacist, who can provide expert advice on medicines and minor ailments. People should contact their GP for symptoms that do not clear up despite trying self-care at home.

If urgent health advice is needed, but it’s not an emergency, call NHS 111, which is open 24/7 and is free to call.




Published: 02/01/2018
Audience: All Headteachers
Contact: Gerrard McDowell

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