Message from Public Health – Winter Readiness

As Winter approaches, nurseries and early years settings are being encouraged to prepare; children and staff in settings are susceptible to the spread of infections, like seasonal influenza (flu) and gut infections (e.g. norovirus) which increase over the winter months. It is important that all children aged 2-9 years are immunised against the flu; they develop the same symptoms to adults and can become very ill, and young children can spread infection to other vulnerable people.  Immunising children protects them, their family and the community where they live.  Children aged 2 and 3 are offered the vaccine by their GP, and the schools vaccination programme in Devon is taking place now for reception to year 5 students.  Public Health England produce guidance for settings, with useful documents and resources.  Settings can report outbreaks  seven days a week to their local Health Protection Team on 0300 303 8162 (option 1).