Health & prevention

'An ounce of prevention is worth more than a million pounds of cure'

We should all have the tools and knowledge we need to be proactive about keeping ourselves healthy. Learning about health prevention can build student’s knowledge and skills to improve and maintain their health, prevent disease and risky behaviours. 


Good personal hygiene practices can help to prevent illness and infection from bacteria and viruses. e-Bug makes learning about micro-organisms, the spread, prevention and treatment of infection fun and accessible for all students. Download free educational resources for the classroom and home. 

Health Protection

Micro-organisms such as bacteria, viruses and fungi are everywhere. They commonly do not cause infection, however some do resulting in symptoms such as fever and sickness. Schools are common sites for transmission of infections and many diseases can spread before the individual shows any symptoms at all. Prevention and control measures can interrupt the cycle.

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Health protection in schools

A practical guide for staff on managing cases of infectious disease in schools and other childcare settings


'the 2 public health interventions that have had the greatest impact on the world's health are clean water and vaccines'

Vaccinations help protect children and young people against a range of serious and potentially fatal disease. Some diseases that are caused by viruses can’t be cured with antibiotics. The only way to control them is by immunisation.

Before vaccines were available, many children in the UK died from diseases such as whooping cough, measles and polio.  Through immunisation, children have the best possible protection against dangerous diseases. Find out more about how vaccines work, what they contain, the most common side effects and when we should have them 

Resources for Schools on Screening

Knowing our own bodies, being familiar with how they look and how they feel, is a key factor in maintaining good health. Screening helps us to be aware of any changes in our bodies that may be an early sign of an illness. 


Educating every young person in the UK about checking their boobs and pecs. Teacher friendly lesson plans and downloadable resources. 


‘Your Privates’ school pack – Helping secondary teachers teach about the risk of testicular cancer and why self-examination is important

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