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Focus On - Department of Health - Time Out

3/09/2014

It has been widely reported that this year has been a particularly bad flu season with Queensland being the hardest hit State.  In line with this information, we are seeing consistent numbers of students in the sick room with coughs, sore throats or earache.  If your child requires Panadol or Nurofen for high temperature before school in the morning, please do not send them to school.  They need to be kept home where they can rest and recover.  If their fever returns after medication and is associated with other symptoms they may need to see a doctor for further assessment.

 

To prevent the further spread of illness, please discuss good hygiene practices with your children.  Sometimes children need to be reminded to wash their hands with soap and water before eating and after visiting the bathroom.  Hand washing is by far the most effective way to prevent the spread of illness and while hand sanitisers have their place, it is preferable to wash hands with soap and water.  If your child has a cold, please encourage them to use a tissue and place the used tissue in the bin before washing hands with soap and water.  These are practices that we all should be using to protect ourselves and to prevent the further spread of illness.

 

Some medical conditions require exclusion from school or child care to prevent the spread of infectious diseases among staff and children.

 

The link below provides information on the recommended minimum exclusion periods for infectious conditions and will assist medical practitioners, schools, preschools and child care centres to meet the requirements of the Public Health Act 2005.

 

For an electronic copy of the poster http://www.health.qld.gov.au/ph/documents/cdb/timeout_poster.pdf