Find out more about Strep A, RSV and child flu.
Parents and carers living in Nottinghamshire are being offered advice about respiratory illnesses in babies and children.
Group A Streptococcus (GAS) – also known as Strep A – is the name given to a type of bacteria sometimes found in the throat or on the skin, it can cause mild illness such as a sore throat.
GAS can also cause scarlet fever or skin infections such as cellulitis or impetigo. But most people carry the bacteria harmlessly and don’t develop an illness.
RSV is a very common virus and almost all children are infected with it by the time they’re two years old.
In older children and adults, RSV may cause a cough or cold, which is usually mild, but in young children it can cause a condition which only affects young children called bronchiolitis.
Influenza, or ‘the flu’, is a highly infectious viral illness with symptoms that develop quickly and last several days.
These can include a fever (body temperature of over 38 degrees celcius) or chills; a headache; joint and muscle pains; extreme tiredness; a dry cough; a sore throat; having trouble sleeping; lack of appetite; feeling or being sick.
Flu can usually be treated at home, speak to a pharmacist for treatment advice and information on flu remedies.
More information is available at: https://www.healthforkids.co.uk/grownups/health-issues/flu-what-you-need-to-know/
You can find out more about child vaccinations in Nottinghamshire by visiting: https://www.healthforkids.co.uk/nottinghamshire/school-aged-immunisation-service-sais/
And you can learn what support is available to parents, carers and health professionals from Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s Healthy Family Teams by visiting: https://www.nottinghamshirehealthcare.nhs.uk/healthy-family-teams