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Medical Information

Guidance on infection Control


Exclusion periods for children who are ill

Parents will appreciate that keeping your child at home when they have an infectious illness will help prevent other pupils from becoming infected.

Please find below guidance on appropriate exclusion periods for some common infectious diseases. These are as recommended by the Health Promotion Agency.


Disease Exclusion period
Chicken Pox For 5 days after rash appears
Conjunctivitis none
Diarrhoea and vomiting until 48 hours after the last episode of diarrhoea or vomiting
Hand foot and mouth disease None
Hepatitis A Exclude young children for 7 days after onset of jaundice. There is no need to exclude older children and adults with good hygiene.
Impetigo until lesions are crusted or healed
Measles For 5 days after rash appears
Mumps for 5 days after onset of swollen glands
Ringworm Until treatment is started
Rubella For 5 days after rash appears
Scabies Until treated
Scarlet fever For 5 days after commencing antibiotics
Threadworms None
Tuberculosis CCDC will advise on necessary action
Whooping cough for 5 days after commencing antibiotics