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School Health Reference Guide


The Region of Peel School Health Reference Guide is a supplementary resource to relevant Peel and Dufferin-Peel school board policies. Refer to school board policy first if you have questions or concerns.

Childhood Diseases and Illnesses

Hepatitis C (HCV)
  • Viral infection of the liver.
  • Signs and symptoms are the same as those for Hepatitis B.
  • Most persons with Hepatitis C do not have symptoms. This is especially true in children.
  • Of the people infected with Hepatitis C about 60 to 70% will develop chronic infection.
  • Spread by exposure to blood and blood products from a person infected with Hepatitis C.
  • Hepatitis C is not spread by water, food, kissing, sneezing or coughing.
Instructions for Schools
  • Needs to be reported to Peel Public Health. Please see Handling and Reporting Communicable Diseases for reporting procedures.
  • For reporting cases, complete a Notification of Disease in Schools form (PDF 171KB, 2 pages).
  • Exclusion is unnecessary.
  • Follow routine practices.
  • Child may participate in full range of activities including swimming.
  • Remember to protect the confidentiality of the student by not disclosing a diagnosis to concerned parents and/or colleagues. If contact follow up of those exposed is required Peel Public Health will contact those who are at risk.
  • No vaccine available

Peel Public Health is not responsible for the content of the linked websites.

For more information on communicable disease resources and programs,
call Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700.(In Caledon, call 905-584-2216.)


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Revised: Friday January 08 2016