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Illness & Outbreaks In Child Care Centres

Young children are still developing their immune systems, have decreased hygienic practices and have not received all of their vaccinations. All of which is why they get sick more often.  Children also play closer together, mouth toys, share toys and they haven't learned or are still learning about respiratory etiquette and the importance of washing their hands.   For these reasons, children spread germs to one another very easily. Some illnesses are quite contagious and can result in increased spread amongst the children and staff quickly, this is better known as an "outbreak".

For more information regarding exclusion and reporting requirements, please refer to the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit Childhood Illness Brochure.

Click on the following links to find even more information about these common illnesses: 

Chickenpox/Shingles    Mumps                  Fifth Disease            Pinkeye              Molluscum        
 Influenza Pertussis Hand Foot and Mouth   Pinworms Scabies
 Measles Rabies Lice Rotavirus Strep Throat
 Meningitis Rubella Middle ear infections Norovirus Impetigo


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