Infectious and contagious diseases and immunisations

Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Advice for schools.

Guidance COVID-19: decontamination in non-healthcare settings (GOV.UK)

Considering cornavirus in your school visit planning
Advice from the Outdoor Education Assessment Panel on coronavirus and educational visits.

Pre-school vaccinations: guide to vaccinations from 2 to 5 years (GOV.UK)
2019 guide providing details of immunisations for children between 2 and 5 years, before they start school.

Winter readiness information for London schools 2019-20 (pdf)
Public Health England (PHE) briefing: information, checklists and leaflets on flu, norovirus and meningitis.

Infection control and winter readiness packs for schools and nurseries (PHE website)
Useful resources.

Childhood flu programme: information for healthcare practitioners (GOV.UK)
2019/20 flu vaccination programme for children, information on the vaccination and how to administer it.

Flu vaccination: who should have it this winter and why (GOV.UK)
Leaflet explaining the importance of the influenza (flu) vaccination this winter 2019 to 2020.

Immunisation: Resources for schools (GOV.UK)
Promotional resources for schools.

The Spotty Book: Notes on infectious diseases in schools

Ealing school immunisation programme: flu vacciniation, HPV vaccination and teenage booster vaccinations.

Reporting a suspected outbreak

If you suspect an outbreak please report it immediately to those listed below:

North West London HPT
Covers the London boroughs of Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster.
Tel: 020 3326 1658
Out of hours: 01895 238 282 and ask for the North West London health protection on call staff.

Ealing Council
Raj Chowdhury
Schools health and safety adviser
Address: Perceval House, 3rd floor SE (plum), 14/16 Uxbridge Road, Ealing, W5 2HL
Tel: 020 8825 7287
Mobile: 07568 130 165

Contact for any immunisation in schools queries:
Central North West London NHS Foundation Trust


Please note: All documents in the above sections are in pdf format unless otherwise stated.

Infection control arrangements

You need to login with your EGfL user account to access the arrangements. To register for a user account, email (for Ealing maintained schools and academies only).

Infection control April 2018 (pdf)
Infection control - common infections and causes Feb 2016
Infection control - handwashing
Infection control - cleaning of blood and other bodily fluids
Infection control - action on exposure

Infection control


Ebola virus: advice and risk assessment (GOV.UK) February 2015
Guidance for schools who may have children or students returning or visiting from Ebola-affected countries.

Influenza pandemic

Pandemic flu alert levels - 2008
Pandemic emergencies frequently asked questions - 2008
Planning for a human influenza pandemic full guidance for schools - 2008
Planning for a human influenza pandemic summary guidance for schools - 2008
Planning for a human influenza pandemic guidance for parents - 2008
Supporting learning for extended school closures


London measles outbreak - news release from PHE April 2016.
PHE measles letter for parents and carers - 28 April 2016 - For schools to distribute.
PHE call ahead poster - For schools to display - advice for young people with measles symptoms to call ahead before turning up to health settings


Norovirus generic letter from PHE for distribution to parents and carers
Norovirus outbreak guidance October 2012
Stop norovirus spreading this winter (GOV.UK)
HPA norovirus toolkit for schools and nurseries

Scarlet fever

Scarlet fever guidance and data (GOV.UK)
The symptoms, diagnosis, management and epidemiology of scarlet fever (scarlatina).

Zika Virus

Zika viurs advice and information from NHS (NHS website)
Zika virus, prevention and resources (Travel health pro website)

Useful links

Public Health England (GOV.UK)
National Health Service (NHS website)

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Last updated: 22 Oct 2021