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Slapped Cheek awareness

Dear Parents/Carers
We have been notified of a case of Slapped Cheek in school.

Slapped Cheek Syndrome (also called fifth disease) is common in children and should get better on its own within 3 weeks. It's rarer in adults, but can be more serious.

Check if it's slapped cheek syndrome

The first sign of slapped cheek syndrome is usually feeling unwell for a few days.

Symptoms may include:


  • a high temperature
  • a runny nose and sore throat
  • a headache


For further details please see here

How slapped cheek syndrome is spread

It's hard to avoid spreading slapped cheek syndrome because most people do not know they have it until they get the rash.

You can only spread it to other people before the rash appears.

Slapped cheek syndrome is caused by a virus (parvovirus B19). The virus spreads to other people, surfaces or objects by coughing or sneezing near them.

To reduce the risk of spreading the virus:


  • wash your hands often with water and soap
  • use tissues to trap germs when you cough or sneeze
  • bin used tissues as quickly as possible


Please be aware that children are no longer contagious once the rash has appeared and there is no need to keep them off school unless they are still feeling unwell.

All of our current procedures for managing coughs and colds should help to reduce the chance of transmission but if you think your child has Slapped Cheek do please let the school know.

Kind regards