Scarlet fever information 2022

Posted by: ethan - Posted on:

Latest data from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) continues to show an out of season increase in scarlet fever and group A streptococcus infections and a higher number of cases than seen in a typical year.

We understand a large rise in scarlet fever and ‘strep throat’ is concerning to parents, however the condition can be easily treated with antibiotics and it is very rare that a child will go on to become more seriously ill. At this time of year, there are lots of winter illnesses circulating that can make children unwell and we would urge all those eligible for free winter vaccines to take advantage of these.

Check to see if your child is eligible for a free nasal flu spray.

Most winter illnesses can be managed at home. NHS UK has information to help parents look after children with mild illness. NHS services are under huge pressure this winter do what you can to avoid the spread. 


  • Wash hands more frequently
  • Use a tissue to trap germs from coughs and sneezes
  • Bin used tissues as quickly as possible 


Do not share cutlery, cups, towels, clothes, bedding or baths with anyone who has symptoms of scarlet fever