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 SICKNESS ADVICE FOR PARENTS

Below, please find a table, taken from the Health Prevention Agency website, of common illness and required exclusion periods from school.

  NB - for sickness and diarrhoea, children must not return to school unless clear for 48 hours from the last episode.

 

Infection or complaint

Recommended period to be kept away from school, nursery or childminders

Athlete’s foot

None

Chickenpox

Until all vesicles have crusted over

Cold sores, (Herpes simplex)

None

German measles (rubella)*

Four days from onset of rash

Hand, foot and mouth

None

Impetigo

Until lesions are crusted and healed, or 48 hours after starting antibiotic treatment

Measles*

Four days from onset of rash

Molluscum contagiosum

None

Ringworm

Exclusion not usually required

Roseola (infantum)

None

Scabies

Child can return after first treatment

Scarlet fever*

Child can return 24 hours after starting appropriate antibiotic treatment

Slapped cheek/fifth

disease. Parvovirus B19

None (once rash has developed)

Shingles

Exclude only if rash is weeping and cannot be covered

Warts and verrucae

None

Diarrhoea and/or vomiting

48 hours from last episode of diarrhoea or vomiting

E. coli O157 VTEC Typhoid* [and paratyphoid*] (enteric fever) Shigella (dysentery)

Should be excluded for 48 hours from the last episode of diarrhoea. Further exclusion may be required for some children until they are no longer excreting

Cryptosporidiosis

Exclude for 48 hours from the last episode of diarrhoea

Flu (influenza)

Until recovered

Tuberculosis*

Always consult your local PHE centre

Whooping cough* (pertussis)

Five days from starting antibiotic treatment, or 21 days from onset of illness if no antibiotic treatment

Conjunctivitis

None

Diphtheria *

Exclusion is essential. Always consult with your local HPT

Glandular fever

None

Head lice

None

Hepatitis A*

Exclude until seven days after onset of jaundice (or seven days after symptom onset if no jaundice)

Hepatitis B*, C*, HIV/AIDS

None

Meningococcal meningitis*/ septicaemia*

Until recovered

Meningitis* due to other bacteria

Until recovered

Meningitis viral*

None

MRSA

None

Mumps*

Exclude child for five days after onset of swelling

Threadworms

None

Tonsillitis

None

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