More than 50 pupils hit with flu bug at New Waltham Academy
MORE than 50 children from one school were off ill on one day with the flu bug.
Pupils at New Waltham Academy, Peaks Lane, were struck down by either severe colds and/or upset stomachs. Other schools have also had pupils struck down with flu.
Head teacher Mark Perry said: “We have 295 children at the school and have had more than 50 off ill on some days this week.
“It’s down to about 33 now so hopefully things are improving.
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“We’ve been asking parents to keep children off as soon as they have any concerns about their health. We’re also asking them to keep children who have had an upset stomach off for 48 hours after the last time they are ill.
“You expect these kind of illnesses at this time of year but it has affected a lot of children this time.”
Charlotte Hutchinson, from the Health Protection Agency Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “All schools should follow simple hygiene measures to prevent the spread of illness at all times.
“Thorough and regular hand washing is one of the most important ways of controlling the spread of infections.
“Hot water and liquid soap should be used to wash hands and paper towels to dry.
“Coughing and sneezing easily spread infections and everyone should cover their mouth and nose with a tissue and wash hands after disposing of tissues.
“Cleaning of the environment, including toys and equipment, should be frequent and thorough.
“For many infectious illnesses, people should not attend school, at least until their symptoms have ceased.
“Parents should always ensure that their children are up-to-date with the routine immunisations and additional vaccinations that may be offered.”
For advice on how long to keep poorly children off school, depending on illness, visit www.hpa.org.uk/webc/HPAwebFile/HPAweb_C/1194947358374