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Public Health updates

This page will hold regular updates in respect of Public Health bulletins and warnings.

More information can be found at the Public Health England website at https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/public-health-england .

 

Winter Readiness update from Public Health England         16 September 2019

Please click here to view the Winter Readiness letter for all schools and early years settings.

 

HPV Vaccination for boys aged 12/13 years old                August 2019

In July 2018, it was announced that the HPV vaccine would be extended to boys aged 12 to 13 years in England. This decision was based on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), the independent body that advises UK health departments on immunisation. From the 2019/20 school year, 12- to 13-year-old boys and girls in school Year 8 will both be eligible for the HPV vaccine. This extension of the HPV vaccination programme will help prevent more cases of HPV-related cancers in boys and girls, such as head and neck cancers and anal and genital cancers.

Public Health England (PHE) are looking for a Secondary Head Teacher who would be willing for their staff (or parents/pupils) to be interviewed to talk about the benefits of the vaccine and the views among the boys about it. If you are a Swindon Secondary school Head teacher and would like your school to be involved then please contact Dr Ayo Oyinloye, Director of Public Health at publichealth@swindon.gov.uk .

 

Green Space and Wellbeing Week (8th- 14th July)             23 April 2019 

This July Swindon Public Health team are working with a range of third sector providers to launch Green Space and Wellbeing Week (8th- 14th July). This is to promote and celebrate the benefits green spaces and Swindon have on the wellbeing of local people. There will be a range of activities being promoted during the week for all ages including; outdoor physical activity and outdoor nature based activity- looking to encourage local people to get outside and make the most of the green spaces in Swindon.

We would like to invite all schools in Swindon to join in the fun and promote the green spaces to local children and their families. Is there an activity you can you run or a project for your school during that week? If so we would love to hear about it- please email complete the following 3 questions on this link- https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/SwindonGreenSpacesWellbeingWeek/ .

If you have any questions, please contact Charlie Paradise, Public Mental Health Coordinator
at cparadise@swindon.gov.uk  .

 

Scarlet Fever - Increased Incidence Information         04 March 2019

 Scarlet fever increased incidence school  letter 2019

 Scarlet fever FAQs  

 

Infection Control Poster                                           November 2018

Infection Control Poster - Nov 2018

 

EpiPen and EpiPen Junior Guidance                     22 October 2018

EpiPen and EpiPen Junior Guidance

EpiPen 2018 Parent and Guardian Letter 

  

New Carers Flu Vaccination Toolkit (includes Young Carers)              17 October 2018

The BSW STP Flu Group has produce a new Carers Flu Vaccination Toolkit for use by professionals.   This aim of this toolkit is to bring together all the information and resources available to encourage unpaid carers to have the flu vaccination.  

As most people do not identify themselves as carers, as “they just look after mum” or “help gran around the house”, the definition of a carer we are using is ‘anyone who identifies themselves as looking after someone that couldn’t manage without that persons help if they got ill’.    

The information provided will help enable professionals to advise carers or the person they care for that they are eligible for a free NHS flu vaccination and why it’s recommended that they have it.  Schools can also request free promotional postcards from publichealth@swindon.gov.uk

For further information please contact Dr Ayo Oyinloye, Consultant in Public Health Medicine, Public Health, Swindon Borough Council; email aoyinloye@swindon.gov.uk or telephone: (01793) 444674.