Pocklington C.E. Infant School

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Preventing Infections

How to reduce time needed off school for infections

Children often get infections and in some instances need to take time off school to recover.  Teaching children how and when to wash their hands properly can dramatically reduce the number of infections they catch and pass on to other children, especially at school. 

At school we have sinks that are low down and easy for our children to reach, with signs up at most sinks to remind children to wash their hands after using the toilet and before eating.

 Children under the age of 6 find it difficult to remember to wash their hands, so regular reminders are helpful.

 Find out more from NHS Live Well on how best to wash your hands.


Diarrhoea and vomiting

If your child develops a diarrhoea and vomiting illness, it is really important to let us know and keep your child at home until 48 hours after they have recovered from the infection to stop other children and staff from getting unwell.


 How long should children be kept off school if they are unwell?

Public Health England publish national guidelines on how long children should be kept off school for specific infections.

 To see how long children need to be kept off school for if they are unwell Click here

 If you need to report your child off sick, click here


Children are offered a range of vaccinations for free from the NHS.  These protect your child from catching and passing on a wide range of infections that can make children very unwell.  There are particular concerns about the risk of measles in England in the last couple of years as it is highly infectious and can make children very poorly.  Children that have not had two doses of the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine are at particular risk. 


If you think your child might have missed a vaccination for the MMR or other vaccines or are unsure, check with your general practice and they can give you advice.  


Find out more about what vaccinations are currently offered for free from the NHS


Flu vaccination

Our school supports the annual national flu vaccination campaign, because we know flu can be a very unpleasant illness for children with potentially serious complications.  It can mean they need to take a lot of time off school (and time off work for parents looking after them) and risk passing it on to others looking after them. 


Flu is caused by a virus that is different from the common cold and causes more severe symptoms.  The virus changes and evolves over time, so a vaccination is needed every year to provide the best protection.


The flu vaccination is offered to young children who are not yet school age by their general practice, and school aged children at school.  We have been commended by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council for managing to achieve high flu vaccination rates.


To find out more about the flu vaccine Click here