Preventing Illness in Our School - From the District Health Nurse

Bacteria and viruses (germs) spread easily in schools because many children and adults spend a lot of time together in confined places. Most children will get 4-6 “colds” a year when they are young, but will build up their level of immunity as they grow. The only way we can reduce the spread of germs is by staying home when we are sick and washing hands after coughing and sneezing. Germs can travel up to 6 metres when we sneeze and 3 metres when we cough, so teach your child to sneeze and cough into their elbow.


Please inform your school if your child is going to be kept home due to illness.

For free health advice call Healthline 0800 611 116

The Ministry of Health “Infectious Diseases” A4 poster is a good guide for common childhood illness https://www.healthed.govt.nz/resource/infectious-diseases