Introduction

Each year, millions of children get sick with seasonal influenza, an illness more dangerous than the common cold. The flu vaccine offers the best defense against getting the flu and spreading it to others and is recommended annually for all individuals 6 months and older. It can reduce flu illnesses, doctor’s visits, missed work and school days, and prevent flu-related hospitalizations and deaths.

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School-located influenza vaccination (SLIV) can address challenges faced by health care providers to vaccinate large numbers of children in a short window of time by bringing vaccine to where children are. A school-located program makes influenza vaccination an easier choice for parents and caregivers by addressing vaccination barriers, including taking time off of work or school, communication about the vaccine, and children’s resistance to vaccination. Vaccinating at school directly benefits immunized children and the resulting herd immunity provides indirect protection to the unimmunized and the broader community. Research shows such programs are associated with reduced influenza-like illness and reduced absenteeism during flu season.

The items in this toolkit are intended to support school districts, local health departments and other community organizations interested in implementing a SLIV program. This content was developed through the implementation of an SLIV program in Oakland, California which began in 2014 and is a partnership of the Alameda County Public Health Department, the Oakland Unified School District and the California Department of Public Health. For questions about this toolkit, please contact info@theflulab.org.

Using this toolkit

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