It gives guidance on the most common infectious diseases and the recommended periods for which children should be kept away from school or nursery.
Taking preventative measures such as vaccinating children and following good hygiene practice are the best ways to prevent the spread of infections.
Hard copies of this publication can be requested from your local health protection team.
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