The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has issued back-to-school advice for school-going kids amidst the uptick in winter ailments consisting of Covid-19, flu, and scarlet fever.
A number of schools across the U.K. reopened to students after the Christmas and New Year vacations. Professor Susan Hopkins, Chief Medical Adviser at the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), said: “It is essential to minimize the spread of infection in schools and other education and childcare settings as much as possible.”
“If your kid is unwell and has a fever, he should generally stay home from school or nursery until they feel good and the fever has resolved and settled. Assisting children to comprehend the importance of good hand hygiene is also a fundamental factor, so practice regular hand washing at home with soap and warm water.”
“It’s better to put your coughs and sneezes in tissues and then bin them. This is also one of the superficial ways to alleviate illnesses from stretching out. Grown-ups should also make an effort to dwell at their homes when unwell and if you do have to go out, wear a mask or a face covering. When unwell don’t visit healthcare settings or visit vulnerable people unless urgent.”
Prof Susan Hopkins also insisted that eligible people should take up their flu jab as soon as possible, especially youngsters: “Always keep in mind that flu vaccination is still available for all eligible groups and is the fairest safety and best protection against the virus.”
She also said, “We have seen a good uptake in older age groups but vaccination among young children hangs around low. Flu can be very undesirable and lead to more severe illness in some patients.”
“Getting your child vaccinated safeguards them and others they come into touch with, and it’s still not too late.”
High Levels of Flu, Covid-19, and Scarlet Fever
Flu and coronavirus (COVID-19) are presently spreading out at spaced-out levels. They are plausible to proceed with the augmentation in the coming weeks. Increased numbers of scarlet fever, which is caused by group A streptococcus, also persist in being reported.
Observing easy and austere measures and good hygiene can assist in protecting children, undervaluing the sweep of infections along with securing comprehensive communities.
NHS Tayside continuously urges everyone to get their latest vaccine now.
People Who Are Eligible For A Flu Vaccine: Advice Issued
According to UKHSA, parents, caretakers, kids, and youngsters entitled to the flu vaccine must take it. These include the following:
- Those aged 2 and 3 on August 31, 2022
- All primary school-aged kids
- Some secondary school-aged kids
According to the NHS, the flu vaccine is provided free on the NHS to grown-ups which includes:
- People aged 50 and over (including those who will be 50 by 31 March 2023)
- Adults who have special health conditions
- Women who are pregnant
- People who are in long-stay residential care
- Adults who obtain a carer’s subsidy, or are the major carer for an older or disabled person who may be at risk if they get ill
- People who live with someone more presumably to get an extreme infection due to a debilitated immune system, such as someone with HIV, someone who has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus, or rheumatoid arthritis