It’s never too early to get children thinking about how they can stay well and prevent illnesses. As we approach winter, illnesses are more likely to spread and cause infection – particularly among younger people, such as school children.
Nationally, as well as locally, the winter months can be challenging for the NHS, especially for urgent care services. This is why it’s important to spread awareness messages amongst parents of young children (and young children themselves), to help prepare for this period. It is also an opportunity to embed prevention messages to help raise awareness of the benefits of preventative health and self-care generally.
We are planning to launch a competition across schools in south east Essex in order to start getting children to think about how they might stay well this winter. The narrative includes a story about ‘Porl-E’, a nasty germ that causes upset tummies and bad coughs.
We have collated a range of resources below which can help with the competition. They can also help children to learn new ways to help look after themselves and prevent certain illnesses. There are also a number of useful resources for parents/carers.
What's it all about?
The nasty germ, ‘Porl-E’, is trying to spoil Christmas this year by making people unwell by infecting them and causing upset tummies and nasty coughs and colds. We need local children to help us with stories about how they can stay well and prevent ‘Porl-E’ from spoiling Christmas. The more stories we get, the better, so that more people know how we can defeat ‘Porl-E’ this year.