As college students begin to return to highschool, it’s vital to concentrate on the winter sicknesses presently circulating and the most effective methods to guard your youngster and others. On this weblog, we set out among the  easy actions that folks of college age youngsters can take to assist shield their households and people round them.

What’s the present state of affairs?

We’re seeing excessive ranges of flu and COVID-19, which is more likely to proceed in coming weeks. We’re additionally nonetheless seeing excessive numbers of scarlet fever, which is brought on by the micro organism Group A streptococcus. You possibly can learn extra details about strep A here.  Learn extra in regards to the symptoms of scarlet fever here.

There are issues we will all do to assist cease the unfold of infections; educating younger individuals to do these items will assist them to remain effectively and shield others.

1 – Staying dwelling when unwell

Understanding when your youngster ought to keep at dwelling from faculty or nursery if they’re poorly may also help sluggish the unfold of many winter sicknesses.

  • In case your youngster is unwell and has a fever, they need to keep dwelling from faculty or nursery till they really feel higher, and the fever has resolved.
  • In case your youngster has diarrhoea and/or vomits, they need to keep off faculty or nursery for a minimum of 48 hours after their signs clear up.

Adults ought to attempt to keep dwelling when unwell too.

Youngsters with a runny nostril, sore throat, or slight cough who’re in any other case effectively and don’t have a excessive temperature can proceed to attend their training or childcare setting.

2 – Hand hygiene

Hand-washing is one the simplest methods to cease germs from spreading.

Commonly washing arms in cleaning soap and heat water for 20 seconds or utilizing hand sanitiser when out and about may also help you and your youngster to remain effectively and never move on germs.

3 – Catching coughs and sneezes

Utilizing a tissue to catch coughs and sneezes after which binning it earlier than washing your arms with cleaning soap and water or hand sanitiser may also help to cease an infection from spreading.

Instructing youngsters this behavior and offering them with tissues will assist them to not move on germs when they’re unwell. Our e-bug resources for Early Years may also help you to clarify to your youngster what good hygiene habits are, how they will practise them and why they’re vital.

4 – Get vaccinated

Flu vaccination continues to be out there for all eligible age teams and is the most effective safety in opposition to the virus.

We have now seen good uptake in older age teams however vaccination amongst younger youngsters stays low. Flu will be very disagreeable and in some circumstances can result in extra severe sickness.

Getting your youngster vaccinated protects them and others they arrive into contact with. Youngsters are provided the short and painless nasal spray vaccine.

Youngsters eligible embrace:

  • Youngsters aged 2 and three on 31 August in 2022
  • All major school-aged youngsters
  • Some secondary school-aged youngsters
  • Youngsters aged 2 to 17 years with long-term well being circumstances

You’ll find extra info on getting your youngster vaccinated against flu, here.

For adults, each flu and COVID-19 vaccinations stay out there. You possibly can examine who is eligible on the NHS UK website.

5 – Use NHS assets for extra details about winter sicknesses

Most winter sicknesses will be managed at dwelling and NHS UK has plenty of info out there to folks:

Training assets on stopping the unfold of germs

For lecturers and those that work in training settings, our e-Bug resource has plenty of free assets on educating youngsters about stopping the unfold of an infection. This contains lesson plans on subjects like hand hygiene and the way coughs and sneezes unfold sickness.