Public Health Update: Managing increased diarrhoea and vomiting and flu-like illness in schools

Over the past two weeks, the North East Health Protection Team has seen a substantial increase in calls from schools about winter illnesses such as diarrhoea/vomiting and flu-like illness. There have been increases across the whole region and, although the types of illnesses that are being reported are what we would expect at this time of year, the increase is earlier and greater than we have seen in recent years.

This letter provides advice for schools on managing increased levels of illness and an information leaflet that can be shared with pupils, parents and staff if schools are concerned about increased absences from pupils/staff as a result of this kind of winter illness.

We hope that by providing this advice/information to you, we can reduce the amount of work needed for all affected parts of the health and education systems.

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