Strep A and Scarlet Fever – information for parents and guardians

You may be worried about stories of Strep A in the media recently. Strep A is a very common bacteria that usually causes a mild infection producing sore throats or scarlet fever. It can be easily treated with antibiotics to reduce the risk of complications such as pneumonia and spread to others. Unfortunately, in extremely rare cases it can cause serious complications.

We understand that this is an anxious time for patients with young children but our team are here to help you. Please do not panic but remain vigilant. There is some useful guidance about the symptoms to watch out for at:

https://what0-18.nhs.uk/parentscarers/worried-your-child-unwell/scarlet-fever

You can also read more about Strep A and what you can do as a parent or guardian to help here

Please be kind to our practice team as they are working hard to meet current high levels of demand –we have seen a large increase in consultations with children aged 7 or under this week.

See more information and symptoms of Strep A here

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