Important Health Information

Today we were informed that a child from Springbank Primary School has been ill over Christmas and was given antibiotics which treat meningococcal bacteria. We immediately contacted Public Health (England) and their current advice is that no further action is needed by school or parents/carers at the present time. However, we felt that it was vital to share the information we have with you, as the risk of meningitis is always heightened at this time of year.

For your information:

  • Meningococcal bacteria are carried in the back of the throat of about one in ten people at any one time but only very rarely cause illness.
  • Most people who carry the bacteria become immune to them. The bacteria do not spread easily and only those who have had prolonged close contact with the person with meningitis are at a slightly increased risk of getting ill. 

Although the risk of another case in the school is very small, please be aware of the signs and symptoms which are given below:

Severe headache                                                  Bruising rash                                               Fever

Vomiting                                                              Dislike of bright light                                    Stiff neck                                                                

Rapid breathing                                                    Cold hands and feet                                        Joint/muscle pain                                                

Septicaemia   

Please be aware that not all these signs and symptoms may show at once, but someone with this illness will become very ill, very quickly. The illness may progress over one or two days but very often develops very rapidly, usually in a matter of hours.

Diagnosis in the early stages can be difficult. The early signs can be similar to bad ‘flu’ symptoms but be watchful and use your instincts. If your child or a member of your family becomes ill with some of these signs or symptoms, seek medical advice without delay.

Over the next few days we will continue to monitor the situation in partnership with Public Health. We will of course inform you immediately if their advice changes. 

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Peacock Drive
Eastwood
Nottingham
NG16 3HW

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