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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

Shingles (herpes zoster)
(Also see Chickenpox)
  • Caused by a virus.
  • Painful localized patch of blisters, which may appear in irregular crops along nerve pathways.
  • Spread by direct contact with the fluid from the blisters.
  • Not as infectious as chickenpox.
Instructions for Schools
  • Does not need to be reported to Peel Public Health.
  • May attend school but keep blisters covered until scabbed over.
  • Promote thorough hand washing.
  • Shingles is a reactivation of the chickenpox virus.
  • A person who has never had chickenpox may get chickenpox from someone who has shingles.
  • A person cannot get shingles from direct contact with someone who has chickenpox.
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: Wednesday January 13 2016