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Keep Flu out of School

An initiative funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and directed by the National Association of School Nurses, Families Fighting Flu, and the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases-Childhood Influenza Immunization Coalition. The 5-year project is focused on the prevention of influenza among elementary school students (K-5). Pilot programs will be held in elementary schools within East Milton Elementary, Milton, FL (Santa Rosa School district) and both Chicago, IL and Springfield, MO public schools.

Educational information and resources about flu prevention, including annual vaccination, is available for teachers, students, and parents/guardians through a variety of communication channels. Collaboration with community partners provides a framework for project sustainability.

Together We Can Help Keep Flu out of School: CDC Blog by Angela J.P. Campbell, MD, MPH
Children are very efficient at spreading illnesses, including illness caused by influenza (“flu”) viruses. Young children, 
and children with certain underlying health conditions, also are at high risk of developing serious complications from the flu, including hospitalizations and death. Since school-age children spend the majority of their waking hours at school, efforts to create flu-free students can play a significant role in halting the spread of flu disease at school, within their families, and in the community. Read more...