Hepatitis A infection: Hundreds of elementary school students have weeks of “forced vacation”
Because one of the pupils got hepatitis A from her sister, hundreds of pupils at a primary school in North Rhine-Westphalia had "forced holidays" for several weeks. Vaccination is now urgently recommended for affected children from all ten classes.
Hepatitis A infection in primary school
In Solingen (North Rhine-Westphalia), a primary school cannot be attended by students for at least two weeks because of hepatitis A. Because: "A third grader had been infected by her sister, an already sick daycare child," says a statement from the city of Solingen. Since a project week took place in the Bogenstrasse primary school last week, during which the class associations were dissolved and all children were in contact with each other, the City Health Service agreed with the school management that the approximately 220 affected children from all ten classes urgently needed a vaccination is recommended.
In the beginning, hepatitis usually causes flu-like symptoms
Hepatitis A is an infectious disease caused by the hepatitis A virus, which is transmitted via smear infection and contaminated food. The main symptom is acute inflammation of the liver (hepatitis).
Basically, depending on the type of virus, hepatitis can have different symptoms, but at the beginning there are usually general symptoms such as tiredness, fatigue, headache, loss of appetite, mild fever and vomiting.
Other typical signs such as dark urine, light bowel movements and yellow eyes or skin ("jaundice") may appear later.
The best protection against hepatitis A is vaccination, which is possible for children from the age of twelve months.
Two vaccinations are required for primary vaccination. "The protective effect begins twelve to fifteen days after the first vaccination," explains the Techniker Krankenkasse (TK) on its website.
"After the second vaccination, vaccination protection lasts for at least ten years."
Compulsory breaks do not apply to teachers
In Solingen, vaccination against hepatitis A can be carried out both by the pediatrician or family doctor and by the city health service.
Since the risk of infection was averted 14 days later, the school could then resume normal operations.
“Without vaccination, the incubation period is four weeks. Children whose parents do not follow the vaccination recommendation can only then take part in the class again, ”says the municipal announcement.
There it is also pointed out that the compulsory break does not apply to the teachers:
"They are not affected to the same extent because, unlike children, they should (should) ensure careful hand hygiene and thus block this main route of infection. You will use the time for school-related preparation and follow-up. ”(Ad)