Posted by Admin - Tue 28th November 2017 11.15AM
Parents are being reminded to be vigilant and maintain good hygiene practices following reports of flu in local schools.
Bolton’s Community Infection Prevention and Control Team are working with a number of schools following reports of flu-like symptoms amongst pupils and staff. While there are only a small number of confirmed cases, around 150 children in the borough have complained of flu-like symptoms.
Director of Public Health, David Hearne, said: “We are starting to see cases of flu in Bolton schools. Symptoms include sudden onset of high temperature, cough, blocked or runny nose, as well as sore throat, aching muscles and joints.
“For those parents with pre-school aged children or those in reception, years 1, 2, 3 and 4, who are eligible for the free nasal flu vaccine, we would urge them to make sure they take up the offer to protect their children. This is also important to protect the rest of the family, particularly if they are older or have a health condition.
“Test results have confirmed Flu A as the strain in Bolton schools and the flu vaccination is the best protection against this.
“It is also very important that children wash their hands regularly with soap and water, and carry tissues if they have a runny nose or are coughing to try to limit the spread of infection. Remember ‘Catch it, Bin it, Kill it’ ”
The best advice for treating flu in healthy people is to stay at home, get plenty of rest, drink fluids to keep hydrated and take paracetamol to help reduce temperature and aching.
People in at risk groups who develop symptoms consistent with flu, or if anyone’s symptoms persist or become more severe, should seek medical advice, either through their GP or NHS 111.
Information and advice for parents is available from: www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/pages/child-flu-vaccine
The Community Infection Prevention and Control Team is commissioned by Bolton Council to provide a service to schools, care homes and the wider community.