Group A streptococcus

Group A streptococcus (GAS) is a common bacteria. Lots of us carry it in our throats and on our skin and it doesn’t always result in illness. However, GAS does cause a number of infections, some mild and some more serious.

Advice for Parents / Guardians

Parents of children with presumed respiratory viral infection should be made aware of features suggestive of secondary bacterial infection, such as clinical deterioration, and when and how to seek further help.

Advice for parents on How to Help your Unwell Child can be accessed here which includes information on what to do in an emergency.

As GAS is spread by close contact with an infected person and can be passed on through coughs and sneezes or from a wound, please encourage parents and children to practice good hand and respiratory hygiene.

Parents who need more information can read this blog from UKHSA and are encouraged to use the ‘How to Help your Unwell Child’ information here.

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