Even though the severity of this flu season is hard to predict, communication is still the best medicine for keeping your school community healthy. Access the following resources to help prepare your school.
Flu.gov provides resources for schools on seasonal flu, pandemic flu, and H5N1 (Bird) Flu, including emergency planning checklists.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) provides resources for schools and childcare providers, including downloadable posters and fliers. In particular, check out "What You Should Know for the 2012-2013 Influena Season."
This primer from The National Education Association's Health Information Network (NEA HIN) offers information on influenza and other common infectious diseases.
Formulating a School Flu Plan
"Fighting the Flu Happens at School," a brochure from the National Association of School Nurses (NASN), outlines a month-by-month campaign to help raise awareness about the importance of seasonal influenza vaccination. Each month features a vaccine focus, national activities for the month, suggested actions for the month and sample resources.
CDC offers comprehensive information on planning and conducting school-located influenza vaccination clinics.
An Ounce of Prevention campaign can help you craft a preventative action plan for your school.
Information for Parents
Report to Parents: Flu Season Is Here: This ready-to-use bulletin can be downloaded, photocopied, and sent home to parents and families.
Report to Parents: Key Facts About H1N1 Flu: This ready-to-use bulletin can be downloaded, photocopied, and sent home to parents and families.
In “Preventing Cold and Flu: What PTOs Can Do,” Patti Ghezzi provides tips to help a school community prepare for cold and flu season.
This Childhood Vaccination Brochure from the NEA HIN can help parents understand the purpose, benefits of, and timing for vaccination.
The "Don't Get Sidelined By Flu" campaign from NASN includes a variety of flyers and fact sheets for parents.
Information for Staff
In “More than First Aid,” Sally Schoessler, a registered, professional school nurse, provides tips on how schools can maximize school nurses keeping students in the classroom and ready to learn.
"Advocacy for Vaccines: A Leadership Guide for School Nurses and Allied Health Professionals" contains practical tools and resources for school nurses to increase immunization rates among adults in their communities.
Pass these tips for cleaning and disinfecting school surfaces to your staff members.