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Slapped Cheek

We have had a case of slapped cheek syndrome in school this week.  The early symptoms are as follows:


  • a slightly high temperature (fever) of around 38C (100.4F)
  • a runny nose 
  • sore throat
  • a headache
  • an upset stomach
  • feeling generally unwell


It is at this time, before the cheeks become red that you are most contagious.  Once the slapped cheek redness appears you are no longer contagious and will start to feel better.  Children may come into school at this time.


Slapped cheek is a mild virus that mainly affects children, however, it can be more serious and lead to complications in certain vulnerable people - those that have an impaired immune system, are pregnant or on certain medications.  If you are concerned seek advice from your GP.