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Letter to Parents - Scarlet Fever

Dear Parent / Carers
You will have heard that there is an increase in scarlet fever in school age children in England. We need to remember that infections remain extremely rare.

Although scarlet fever is usually a mild illness, it should be treated with antibiotics to minimise the risk ofcomplications and reduce the spread to others.

The symptoms of scarlet fever include a sore throat, headache, fever, nausea and vomiting. This is followedby a fine red rash which typically first appears on the chest and stomach, rapidly spreading to other parts of the body. On more darkly-pigmented skin, the scarlet rash may be harder to spot, but it should feel like 'sandpaper'. The face can be flushed red but pale around the mouth.

If you think you, or your child, have scarlet fever:
• See your GP or contact NHS 111 as soon as possible
• Make sure that you/your child takes the full course of any antibiotics prescribed by the doctor.
• Stay at home, away from school for at least 48 hours after starting the antibiotic treatment (in line with school policy) to avoid spreading the infection

If your child has an underlying condition which affects their immune system, you should contact your GP or hospital doctor to discuss whether any additional measures are needed.

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If you have any concerns please do not hesitate to contact us.

Yours faithfully,

Daniel Hatley