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Health Advice


Health Advice


Immunisation has had a greater impact on health than any other health intervention.  Every year millions of vaccinations are given to protect children, adults and those with underlying conditions from potentially life threatening diseases.  In recent years there has been a small but steady decline in the uptake of immunisations given before entry to school, sometimes known as pre-school boosters.  In Derby City around 85% of children have had these vaccinations by the time they reach age 5 years.  That’s below the level required to reduce the spread of disease within the community. 

“It is important to ensure your child is fully up to date with immunisations when they start school. To check the list of vaccinations offered check your red book, speak to your GP practice or click here to find out more.

Worried about discussing vaccinations with your child?  Watch the video below for advice on how to deal with this issue and prepare your child.

Head Lice

Sadly, headlice are a common problem for primary school children and can cause unpleasant itching.  You can find out all about how to diagnose and treat headlice by visiting this NHS webpage.  If you should find headlice in your child's hair it is essential that you let the school know. Please do not be embarrassed about this as headlice are a normal part of life and not something to be worried, panicked or ashamed about.  You do not need to keep your child away from school.   The school will inform other parents of the class that there has been a case of headlice (no names will be disclosed) by letter. 

You may also wish to take preventative action against headlice and you might find this website useful in helping you as it includes a number of useful downloads. (note that we do not promote any particular product).

Thread Worms

Thread worms are another common issue whilst in primary school as they can easily be passed from one child to another.  The main symptom is itchiness around the anus, particularly at night.  You can find out more about how to diagnose and treat thread worm by visiting this NHS webpage.  You might also want to watch the video below for more information.

Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

This is a common infection that is easily spread between young children and can result in them feeling generally unwell and having small blisters on hands, feet and tongue.  If the child is feeling unwell then they should stay at home but otherwise there is no need for the child to be off school.  You can find out further information about this disease (which is quite different to Foot and Mouth disease found in cattle, despite the similar name) by clicking here.

Some Useful Guidance on Medical Conditions and Education

You may find these links to documents helpful:

Supporting pupils at school with medical conditions - DfE guidance document

The use of adrenaline auto-injectors in school - DfE guidance document

DfE webpage giving useful links to other documents/website related to medical conditions and education

Guidance on infection control - Public health agency document giving guidance to schools on different common infectious diseases