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There has been a large increase in general viral infections among children and young people this
There have also been recent concerns about a rare bacterial infection. This infection is iGAS (an
invasive Group A Streptococcal infection). It is and also known as Group A Strep.
Significant increase in viral infections
We have seen a significant increase in the usual winter viral infections. This includes an increase in
flu. This is because children are mixing together more. In previous years social contact was much
reduced. This in turn reduced the rates of routine infection.
Typical symptoms of viral infections
Symptoms of viral infections typically include:
• runny or blocked nose
• mild fever
• cough
• lethargy (tiredness)
Many children with viral infections also have a generalised rash.
Most children with viral infections can safely be cared for at home.
More information can be found at https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/colds-coughs-children/
Group A Strep and related bacterial infections
There have been cases of serious bacterial infections, specifically Group A Strep.
Severe infection is rare. Group A Strep more commonly causes infections such as:
• tonsillitis
• scarlet fever
• skin infections
Ireland has seen cases of more serious infections recently. But so far there has been no increase
compared to what we saw before the Covid-19 pandemic.

Information about managing illnesses of concern will continue to be updated on hse.ie over coming
days and weeks.
Important messages for families and children regarding any infections:
1) The most important measure is to stay home if you are unwell.

Many children might have a runny nose or a slight cough in winter season. However, if a child is
feeling unwell they should be at home. For example, they may have:
• fever
• cough, and
• sore throat
They should stay at home until those symptoms have finished.
See https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/colds-coughs-children/
Children with symptoms are more likely to spread infections. For example, they may spread flu or
bacterial infections. Staying home when unwell will help prevent spread to other children, families
and staff.
2) Infection, prevention and control measures
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Keep hands clean
These measures that we all got used to with Covid-19 are still important. They should be encouraged
for everyone. These measures help stop the spread of infection.
3) Vaccination
Making sure your child is up to date on all recommended vaccinations will help:
- stop your child getting an infection and
- make them less likely to be unwell if they do get an infection
Routine childhood vaccinations protect against many significant viral and bacterial infections.
There is no vaccine against many viral illnesses or Strep A.
More information is available at https://www2.hse.ie/babies-children/vaccines-your-child/
Flu vaccine
The nasal spray flu vaccine is available for children aged 2 to 17 years. It helps protect against severe
infection with flu and onward spread.
See https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/flu/childrens-flu-vaccine/
Many adults are also recommended to have the flu vaccine.
More information is available at
Vaccination for Covid-19 is still available. Visit

The most important ways to prevent the spread of all infections are:
• making sure anyone unwell stays at home
• children and adults are up to date with their recommended vaccines, including flu
4. If you are concerned about your child
If you are concerned your child may be unwell, please check hse.ie. There is information on coughs,
colds, fever, rashes and symptoms of concern. There is advice on when to contact your GP or go to a
hospital emergency department. https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/colds-coughs-children/

We recently got brand new kits for our boys and girls gaelic football teams. We also received a brand new soccer kit. Our new kits were kindly sponsored by the ABC Group and the LTSP Group. Both our girls and boys teams took part in two Gaelic Football blitzes recently. Our girls played brilliantly and won 5 out of their 6 matches. The boys were very successful in their first blitz winning all three games. They were then placed in a harder group for their second blitz and narowly lost out in both games. Both teams really excelled in only our second year taking part in Cumann na mBunscoil games. Well done to all involved. Click read more to see more photos of the new kits.

We had some excellent costumes in 5th class today. Happy Halloween!!

We had a visit to our school from Limerick All Ireland winner Aaron Gillane. He brought the Liam McCarthy cup with him. We had this special guest to celebrate our Active Flag which the school was awarded in June of last year. The children enjoyed asking Aaron all sorts of questions about playing hurling for Limerick and about his sporting achievements so far in his life. 

More than 100 primary school students went to battle with their self-designed sumo wrestling robots in a competition designed to promote science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

The hugely popular challenge attracted students from 32 primary schools across Limerick city and county and saw teams of 10 to 12-year-olds gather in Analog Devices on Saturday morning to build their own robots before entering the ring and pitting their robotic creations against each other sumo-style that afternoon.

Teachers, parents, family and friends cheered on the children during the tense and dramatic knock-out rounds. Not just judged on their robot’s performance, the teams were also awarded points for teamwork as well as design and innovation.

Our Lady of Lourdes were represented at the competition by Ria O'Donoghue and Rhiann Nolan.

Contact Details

Our Lady of Lourdes,
Limerick City,
Email: ourladyoflourdesrb@gmail.com
Phone: 061 227991