Schools are common sites for transmission of infections. Children are particularly susceptible because:
- they have immature immune systems
- have close contact with other children
- sometimes have no or incomplete vaccinations
- have a poor understanding of hygiene practices
The way to prevent and manage infectious disease in your school is to:
- promote immunisation
- promptly exclude the unwell child or member of staff
- check that effective handwashing is being carried out routinely
Guidance from Public Health England:
Guidance from Public Health England South West Health Protection Team:
The Spotty Book. Notes on infectious diseases in Schools and Nurseries (PHE/SWHPT, 2017)
The following resources and case studies are available to help Wiltshire schools address some common issues as part of a whole school approach, including PSHE education.
Poster: Guidance on infection prevention and control in schools and childcare settings (Wiltshire Council, 2018).