February 23, 2024

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Covid prepared, but other infections are circulating

As young people across Cornwall prepare to head back to school after the Easter break, Cornwall Council Public Health is reminding parents to be infection aware.

Covid was among a number of viruses that caused issues in schools during the last term and young people are being urged to stay away if they are unwell, especially if they have a high temperature. 

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Public Health Consultant at Cornwall Council, Brian O’Neill, said: “Maintaining good hand hygiene is one of our biggest tools in combatting all kinds of infections, which can spread easily within a school setting.  We would also urge anyone with a high temperature to stay away for at least 24 hours after their temperature returns to normal to reduce the risk.

“Although children with mild, respiratory symptoms such as a runny nose, sore throat, or slight cough, who are otherwise well, can continue to attend school.”

Over the coming weeks children aged between 5 and 11 years old will receive a letter from their GP practice to invite them to book for a covid-19 vaccination. 

Brian added: “Encouraging immunisation against Covid, and all the other childhood immunisations remains our best line of defence moving forward. 

“Hopefully we can look forward to a calm end to the academic year, with plenty of opportunity to be outside and really keep those germs at bay.”