Back-to-school: Government Gives 4 Steps to Help Protect Kids from School Illnesses in Winter Season


UK Kids’ Education News Blog Post: Back-to-school: Government Issues 4 Steps to Help Protect Kids from School Illness in Winter Season

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UK Kids’ Education: UK Government Gives 4 Steps to Help Protect Back-to-school Children from School Illnesses in Winter Season

Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash: Two back-to-school kids, a boy and a girl, return to the classroom wearing face masks

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High Level of Flu, scarlet fever & COVID-19: UK Issues Back-to-school Advice for Winter Season Protection

Eduonwheels – Tuesday, January 3, 2023: Flu and coronavirus (COVID-19) are currently circulating at high levels and are likely to continue to increase in coming weeks in the UK, not just even in the UK alone, but in many countries experiencing winter season, and high numbers of scarlet fever, which is caused by group A streptococcus, also continue to be reported, in our latest UK Gov Kids’ Education News blog post of Tuesday, January 3, 2023.

As a result of the high level of flu, scarlet fever, and COVID-19 infection circulation, the United Kingdom (UK) Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has reminded the people that winter illnesses continue to circulate at high levels as pupils and students return to school following the Christmas break.

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4 Simple Back-to-school Steps for UK Kids’ Protection

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Flu & COVID-19 Preventive Measures: Get vaccinated, Wash your hands, Wear your face mask and Stay home if you have a fever. Image credit: Brooks County Schools.

Professor Susan Hopkins, Chief Medical Adviser at the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has laid out 4 simple steps that can help protect children, minimise the spread of illness in education and childcare settings and protect wider communities while giving his advice.

Here are the 4 simple back-to-school steps necessary to keep the children protected as they embark on their education:

Step 1: Get your kids vaccinated against flu (Kids’ Flu Virus Vaccination)

Flu vaccination is still available for all eligible groups and is the best protection against the virus. We have seen good uptake in older age groups but vaccination among young children remains low. Flu can be very unpleasant and in some cases can lead to more serious illness. Getting your child vaccinated protects them and others they come into contact with, and it’s still not too late.

Eligible children for flu vaccination include:

  • those aged 2 and 3 on 31 August 2022
  • all primary school-aged children
  • some secondary school-aged children

Step 2: Help children to learn about the importance of good hand hygiene

Helping children to learn about the importance of good hand hygiene is also key, so practice regular handwashing at home with soap and warm water. Catching coughs and sneezes in tissues and then binning them is another simple way to help stop illness from spreading.

Step 3: Keep your kids who are unwell or have a fever at home

If your child is unwell and has a fever, they should stay home from school or nursery until they feel better and the fever has resolved. This step will help minimise the spread of infection in schools and other education and childcare settings as much as possible.

Step 4: Adults going out should wear a face mask

Adults should also try to stay home when unwell and if you do have to go out, wear a face covering. When unwell don’t visit healthcare settings or visit vulnerable people unless urgent.

How to contact the (UK) Health Security Agency (UKHSA)

1. Contact NHS UK for Kids’ Flu Vaccination

You can get more information getting your child vaccinated against the flu if you wish to contact the NHS UK for your child’s flu vaccination. Click here to make the contact

2. Contact UKHSA via Phone Call

You can call the following number if you wish to contact UKHSA via Phone Call

Telephone020 7654 8400

Out of hours020 8200 4400

3. Contact through Email

Send an email to UKHSA using the address:

4. Contact UKHSA by Visiting the Office

You can visit UKHSA in person through the office address;

UK Health Security Agency press office

Nobel House
17 Smith Square

Eduonwheels – Tuesday, January 3, 2023: UK Kids’ Education: UK Government Issues 4 Steps to Help Protect Back-to-school Children in Winter Season


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