The Education and Youth Affairs Bureau (DSEJ) is calling on schools to intensify preventive measures against contagious diseases following the case of a four-year-old boy who is in critical condition due to Type A influenza associated with encephalitis.
The DSEJ has contacted the school where the boy is enrolled to “express concern and provide support.” According to a statement, the Bureau will strengthen the communication with schools “advising them to intensify cleanliness and hygiene in the school environment.”
The DSEJ also stated that there is a mechanism of exchange of information between schools and the Health Bureau in order to identify cases of collective infection caused by contagious diseases in schools as soon as possible.
Given the cold weather and the peak flu season, the DSEJ extended the calls made to schools to parents and guardians, saying that they must pay attention in case minors feel unwell and to contact a doctor if there is suspicion of illness. In cases when the students were not vaccinated yet, the Health Bureau is making an appeal for parents to go to the health center closest to their residence and to get an appointment for the flu vaccine.