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Health protection

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
  • A practical guide for staff on managing cases of infectious diseases in children and young people settings, including education - Health protection in children and young people settings, including education - GOV.UK (
  • Toolkit to support early years and education settings with planning and preparation for winter infections and outbreaks, and in outbreak investigation and management - UKHSA South West winter readiness toolkit
  • Health education programme providing free resources and lesson plans on infection prevention and control topics and antimicrobial resistance - e-bug

Wiltshire Public Health team regularly post updates, guidance and resources through Wiltshire public health pages on Rightchoice: Right Choice (


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.



Managing cases of infectious diseases in schools and other childcare settings ( 

Shoud I keep my child off school checklist poster (