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Communicable disease control in Vancouver schools

Vancouver school health manual - Section 3

Communicable diseases are diseases that can be transmitted from person-to-person or through another vector such as insects or animals. Examples of communicable diseases include measles, pertussis (whooping cough), norovirus and influenza.

Role of schools

  • Communicate any unusual clusters of illness such as a diarrhea outbreak, rash-like-illnesses, or anything else that may be of concern
  • Distribute information and exposure letters to parents and caregivers
  • Foster a positive attitude in the classroom about keeping healthy through disease prevention (i.e. hand washing, cough etiquette, and routine practices)
  • Provide public health with student directory and homeroom/class lists as requested
  • Provide appropriate space for safe immunization clinics including a waiting area for students to remain 15 minutes following immunization
  • Direct all communicable disease questions to the nurse

Role of public health

  • Protect the public from communicable diseases by distributing vaccines, immunizing, detecting and controlling outbreaks and providing public health advice and education
  • Implement public health follow up of individual cases and contacts that live within VCH
  • Work closely with you to assess any situations and advise on appropriate control measures

Learn more about communicable disease control 

Vancouver school health manual - Section 3: Communicable disease control
Sneezes and diseases
Learn more about the flu (Influenza)
Visit the Immunize BC website
SOURCE: Communicable disease control in Vancouver schools ( )
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