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ADVICE ISSUED ON KEEPING WELL THIS WINTER

Islanders are being warned that diarrhoea and vomiting is currently circulating in the local community and that Winter illnesses can spread rapidly around, no matter your age or your health.

Feeling sick and then vomiting is usually the first sign that you have a ‘tummy bug’.

Gastroenteritis is unpleasant and can spread very easily. It’s not always possible to avoid getting gastroenteritis, but following the advice below can help stop it spreading:

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  • Stay off work, school or nursery until at least 48 hours after the symptoms have passed. You or your child should also avoid visiting anyone in hospital during this time
  • Ensure you and your child wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water, particularly after using the toilet and before preparing food. Don’t rely on alcohol hand gels, as they’re not always effective
  • Disinfect any surfaces or objects that could be contaminated. It’s best to use a bleach-based household cleaner
  • Wash contaminated items of clothing or bedding separately on a hot wash
  • Don’t share towels, flannels, cutlery or utensils while you or your child is ill
  • Flush away any poo or vomit in the toilet or potty and clean the surrounding area

Should you become unwell with diarrhoea and/or vomiting, try to avoid going to your GP, as the virus can spread to others very easily. Call NHS 111, your GP or a Pharmacy if you’re concerned or need any advice. Avoiding dehydration is important – make sure you have extra fluids. Vomiting tends to last for 1-2 days, and diarrhoea tends to last for about 5 days.

For online advice see www.nhs.uk and search ‘diarrhoea and vomiting’.

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