School re­as­sures par­ents over flu case

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Staff at a Tiver­ton pri­mary school have re­as­sured par­ents af­ter a child was taken to hospi­tal suf­fer­ing from in­fluenza.

In a let­ter sent to par­ents yes­ter­day, they ex­plained mea­sures Tid­combe Pri­mary School had taken since an “in­fluenza-like ill­ness” had been re­ported.

It said: “As not ev­ery­one was able to at­tend the meet­ing which was sched­uled at short no­tice yes­ter­day af­ter­noon, we wanted to sum­marise the ad­vice to par­ents and out­line the ac­tions which have been taken by the school to date.

“To­day we have been able to con­firm that one of the chil- dren who at­tended hospi­tal with flu-like symp­toms has tested pos­i­tive for In­fluenza A. Al­though this does not mean that all chil­dren with sim­i­lar symp­toms def­i­nitely have flu, we are con­fi­dent that it is cir­cu­lat­ing at the school.

“The ac­tions taken by the school so far are ap­pro­pri­ate for con­trol­ling the spread of in­fluenza. In sum­mary, th­ese in­clude: com­mu­ni­cat­ing with par­ents and staff to raise aware­ness and pro­vide ad­vice; record­ing pupil ab­sence, in­clud­ing in­for­ma­tion about re­ported symp­toms, and shar­ing this in­for­ma­tion with Pub­lic Health Eng­land; ex­clud­ing symp­to­matic chil­dren and staff from school un­til they are un­likely to be in­fec­tious (five days fol­low­ing the on­set of symp­toms or 24 hours af­ter the end of symp­toms, whichever is later); en­cour­ag­ing and em­pha­sis­ing good res­pi­ra­tory and hand hy­giene for all chil­dren, staff and visi­tors, in­clud­ing use of posters as well as ver­bal ad­vice.”

They added: “As par­ents, you can help to re­duce the risk of trans­mis­sion of in­fluenza within the school by re­in­forc­ing hy­giene mes­sages with your chil­dren and en­sur­ing that they com­ply with ex­clu­sion ad­vice from the school.”

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