We’re Healthier & Happier in Oakland

In its first year, Shoo the Flu was a success. Over 8,000 students at over 100 Oakland-area schools got the flu vaccine at no cost, helping the whole community stay healthier. Hooray!

But our work doesn’t stop there.

It’s Still Flu Season

Keep practicing these tips to help stay healthy.
  1. Get the flu vaccine (if you haven’t already). Learn more.
  2. Wash your hands often with soap and water.
  3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  4. Cover your mouth with your elbow when you cough or sneeze.

If you’ve got the flu, make sure you stay home from school or work until 24 hours after your fever is gone. Get plenty of rest and drink fluids to help get better fast. Find these and more Flu Vaccine Facts here.

It's contagious!

Flu germs start spreading a day before the first sniffle.

Free Flu Vaccine Clinics in Your Area

It’s not too late to get the flu vaccine this season.

Simply visit the Alameda County Public Health Department online or call them at 510-267-3230 to get a list of free clinics in your area. And for a current map of flu cases nationwide, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Helpful Reminder

The flu vaccine is recommended for all kids (and adults!) over 6 months old, and most kids only need a nasal spray instead of an injection.* For full protection, 2 doses may be required for children under age 9.

Students with asthma and other conditions may not be eligible to receive the nasal spray. Their medical history will inform health professionals if your student will require an injection instead.

Pass the peas, not the flu.

A single cough can spread flu germs 6 feet.


Yes, it’s pretty important.

It's the best defense we've got against the flu.

  • We all stay healthier
    Grandma and baby sister benefit most from fewer flu outbreaks.
  • Kids stay in school
    Fewer sick days means they can keep up with their studies.
  • Families save money
    No more missed work to take care of sick kids.

Cover your mouth!

Cough & sneeze into your elbow to help stop the spread of flu.

Keep Up the Great Work

Thank you to everyone who helped make Shoo the Flu a success. Stay tuned for even more no-cost flu vaccines for students next flu season.

Check back in the summer and fall for more details. In the meantime, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.

Participating Schools

It’s thrilling that over 100 Oakland schools participated in Shoo the Flu this year. Did yours? If so, we’d love to hear your feedback.

Contact Us

Ask about Shoo the Flu Vaccine Days at your child’s school.

We’re already busy planning to bring Shoo the Flu to more schools next flu season, so make sure you tell yours you want to shoo the flu.

Let’s Shoo The Flu!