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Guidance on Infection Control in Schools and other Child Care Settings

It gives guidance on the most common infectious diseases and the recommended periods for which children should be kept away from school or nursery.

Taking preventative measures such as vaccinating children and following good hygiene practice are the best ways to prevent the spread of infections.

Guidance on Infection Control in Schools and other Child Care Settings 

Hard copies of this publication can be requested from your local health protection team.

Further information/sources

Bonnet JM, Begg NT. Control of diphtheria: guidance for consultants in communicable disease control. Commun Dis Public Health 1999; 2 (4): 242-9 [external link].

Chief Medical Officer, Chief Nursing Officer, Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, Chief Medical Officer. Important changes to the childhood immunisation programme. Letter PL/CMO/2006/1. London: Department of Health, 2006 [external link].

Hawker J, Begg N, Blair I, Reintjes R, Weinberg J. Communicable disease control handbook. 2nd ed. Oxford : Blackwell Science, 2005.

Heyman D. Control of communicable diseases manual. 18th ed. Washington DC: American Association of Public Health, 2004.

Guidelines for preventing healthcare associated infection in primary care and community care in England. London: National Institute for Clinical Excellence, 2003 [external link].

PHLS Advisory Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation. Guidelines for control of Hepatitis A infection. Commun Dis Public Health 2001; 4 (3): 213-27 [external link].

Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group (PWTAG). Swimming Pool Water - Treatment and Quality Standards. Diss, Norfolk: PWTAG, 1999. ISBN 0 951 7007 66 [external link].

Working Group of former PHLS Advisory Committee on Gastrointestinal Infections. Preventing person to person spread following gastrointestinal infections: guidelines for public health physicians and environmental health officers. Comm Dis Public Health 2004: 7 (4): 362-84 [external link].

Prodigy Guidance [online]. Scabies. Extended information. [Accessed 12 December 2006]. Available at [external link[ [external link[

Frequently asked questions on influenza. [external link] - Ian Burgess Insect R and D Ltd (Personal communication) re scabies