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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

HIB Meningitis (Haemophilus Influenza B Meningitis)
  • Caused by a bacteria.
  • Onset is usually sudden, including fever, vomiting, feeling tired and stiff neck.
  • Spread by droplet infection and discharges from nose and throat during the infectious period. 
  • Contagious for as long as the organism is present in the nose and throat and possibly contagious for up to 7 days prior to the onset of the illness. Antibiotic treatment reduces communicability within 24 to 48 hours.
  • The period between exposure to the infection and the appearance of symptoms is unknown, probably short, 2 to 4 days.
Instructions for Schools
  • Report immediately to Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700
  • Exclude cases for 24 to 48 hours after the start of antibiotics. Symptoms usually severe enough to require hospitalization.
  • Peel Public Health identifies close contacts and if necessary advised to go on a specific antibiotic and/or get vaccinated.
  • Encourage thorough hand washing and respiratory etiquette.
  • Avoid activities that would result in sharing saliva e.g. kissing, eating utensils and dishes.
  • 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.

Peel Public Health is not responsible for the content of the linked websites and the information presented there

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: Monday September 21 2015