What are infections

What are infections

Find out what infections are caused by.

Stopping the spread of infections

Germs can be spread in several ways and once we understand how, we can take actions to break the chain of infection.

Antibiotic Resistance

Infectious diseases are caused by microorganisms which includes bacteria, viruses and fungi.

Staying safe in Summer

Simple ways to stay safe throughout the summer and keep illnesses at bay:

Different types of common childhood infections

Chicken Pox

Chickenpox is highly contagious and can make children feel miserable, even if they do not have many spots.

Common Cold

Colds come on gradually and can include multiple symptoms


For children, COVID-19 is usually a mild illness and most get better in a few days.


Flu, also known as influenza, is a respiratory illness caused by a virus, usually influenza A or B.


Measles can spread rapidly among communities, such as schools, if people have not had at least one dose of the MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) vaccine.


Norovirus, also known as the ‘winter vomiting bug’, is a stomach bug that causes vomiting and diarrhoea.

Scarlet Fever

Scarlet fever is an infectious disease caused by bacteria called Streptococcus pyogenes, or group A streptococcus.

Strep A

Strep A is a common type of bacteria which can live on the body without causing any symptoms of illness.