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School Health Reference Guide

COMMUNICABLE DISEASE

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

Influenza
Description/Symptoms
  • Caused by a virus.
  • Symptoms include fever, sore throat, aching muscles, headache, chills and cough.
  • Spread rapidly by direct contact and also by coughing and sneezing.
  • May become contagious 24 hours prior to the onset of symptoms, and continues for up to seven days. (May be prolonged in young children and immunocompromised individuals.)
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).
  • Phone Peel Public Health if greater than expected number of children with similar symptoms is absent or if parent reports physician diagnosed influenza.
  • Encourage thorough hand washing (PDF) and respiratory etiquette (PDF).
  • 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.
Notes
  • Vaccine available.
  • Free vaccine available to all residents of Ontario over the age of six months.
  • Children should avoid ASA/aspirin preparations because of risk of Reye’s Syndrome.

Disclaimer:
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.)
 

www.peelregion.ca

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Revised: Friday January 08 2016