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Winter 2022 Parent Information

A communication from Stockport Local Authority

Dear Parent/Carer,

As we approach the Christmas period, we are aware that there are a number of virus’s circulating across Stockport, which could have similar symptoms such as a temperature, diarrhoea, vomiting, rashes etc.


Symptoms in children can be very non-specific, if your child is unwell and you do see a doctor then it is important to let the school or nursery know what the doctor has said the illness is, in case this may be affecting other children at the school.


There is some general advice for common symptoms / infections which you should be aware of:




Exclusion from setting



Diarrhoea and / or vomiting

Encourage fluids to prevent dehydration

Seek medical attention if not improving.

Children should not return to the setting until they have been symptom free for upto 48 hours


Scarlet Fever

Fever, sore throat

Antibiotics (medical review required)

Children can return to the setting 24hrs after starting antibiotic treatment.

This is not reportable by the school until a number of cases are confirmed.

Hand, Foot & Mouth

Rash across palms of hands, soles of feet & inside of mouth. Tiredness, Fever

No treatment required but may need medical review to determine diagnosis

There is no requirement for children to stay off school unless the child is generally unwell



Fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, cough, sore throat, runny nose

Fluids, paracetamol if able to take to reduce fever.

Seek medical attention if not improving.

It is recommended that your child stay away from school until they are well enough and no longer have a fever.

Please consider having the nasal flu vaccine for children. Check for further information


Fever, chills, new continuous cough, loss or change in sense of smell or taste. Shortness of breath, general tiredness, muscle aches, headache, sore throat, blocked or runny nose, loss of appetite, diarrhoea, nausea or vomiting

Fluids, paracetamol if able to take to reduce fever.

Seek medical attention if not improving.

Your child should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people if they have symptoms of COVID-19 and they either have a high temperature, do not feel well enough to go to school, college or childcare, or do their normal activities.

Please consider using Lateral Flow Tests if you have access to these.


Please consider having the COVID vaccine if eligible for it. Check for further information






There are a number of actions you as a family can take to prevent getting an infection during these winter months. These include:

  • Vaccination for influenza (flu) or COVID 19
  • Regularly washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol hand gel if hands are visibly clean
  • Using tissues to catch sneezes or runny noses, disposing of the and then washing your hands
  • If anyone starts with symptoms that are not resolving, to seek medical attention
  • Visit for further information on the 5 ways to protect your family during winter.


Kind regards

Sarah Turner

Health Protection Lead Nurse