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Pupils sent home from West Berkshire school after flu outbreak

More than 100 pupils at Bradfield College sent home

John Herring

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PUPILS have been sent home from Bradfield College following an outbreak of flu-like symptoms. 

The flu led to 150 of the private school's 775 pupils being sent home last week.

A college spokesman said: "We had an outbreak of flu like symptoms over a few days at the school.

"We liaised with Public Health England and on their advice closed down the boarding house that was affected and sent the pupils home from that boarding house."

The college said that the affected boarding house would be closed for five days and that the rest of the school was functioning as normal. 

A statement from Public Health England said: "Public Health England is aware of influenza like illness at a school in Berkshire. We have worked with the school providing infection control advice.

“Flu is a common infectious viral illness spread by coughs and sneezes. It can be very unpleasant, but you'll usually begin to feel better within about a week. You can catch flu at any point in the year but it is especially common in the winter.

“The best advice is to rest, keep warm and drink plenty of water. You can take paracetamol or ibuprofen to lower a high temperature and relieve aches if necessary.”

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