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Primary school

Medical exlcusion times


Exclusion Period

Athlete's foot None
Chicken pox Five days from onset of rash & all lesions have crusted over
Cold sores (herpes simplex) None
Conjunctivitis None
Diarrhoea & vomiting Whilst symptomatic & 48 hours after the last symptom
Diphtheria Exclusion is essential. Always consult your local HPT
Flu (influenza) Until recovered
Glandular fever None
Hand, foot & mouth None
Head lice None
Hepatitis A Exclude until 7 days after onset of jaundice (or 7 days after symptom onset if no jaundice)
Hepatitis B, C, HIV None
Impetigo Until lesions are crusted/healed or 48 hours after starting antibiotic treatment
Measles 4 days from onset of rash & recovered
Meningococcal/meningitis/septicaemia Until recovered
Meningitis due to other bacteria Until recovered
Meningitis viral None
Mumps 5 days after onset of swelling
Ringworm No exclusion period usually required
Rubella (German measles) 5 days from onset of rash
Scarlet fever Exclude until 24hrs of appropriate antibiotic treatment completed
Scabies Can return after first treatment
Slapped cheek/fifth disease/parvo virus B19 None (once rash has developed)
Threadworms None
Tonsillitis None
Tuberculosis (TB) Always consult your local HPT BEFORE disseminating information to staff/parents/carers
Warts & verrucae None
Whooping cough (pertussis) 2 days from starting antibiotic treatment, or 21 days from onset of symptoms if no antibiotic