Keep Flu out of School is a school-based program designed to raise awareness about the burden of influenza (flu) and the benefits of annual vaccination. The program is a five-year cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Association of School Nurses (NASN), Families Fighting Flu (FFF), and the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases – Childhood Influenza Immunization Coalition (NFID) that was initiated in 2013. FFF, NASN, and NFID collaborate on this project to promote, strengthen, and enhance influenza prevention efforts among elementary school students, their parents, and teachers.
The long-term outcomes of the project are to: ensure that elementary school children receive an annual influenza vaccination; reduce childhood immunization barriers; and, ultimately increase influenza vaccination coverage rates among children in elementary school – grades K-5.
Demonstration sites have included schools in Springfield, MO; Milton, FL; Chicago, IL; Tacoma, WA; and Selbyville, DE.
- Flyers that include FFF family stories and flu facts
- Educational worksheets and associated user’s guides for Grades K-2 and 3-5
- Flu Fighter stickers
- Flu vaccine FAQs
For additional resources and information, including a toolkit for school nurses, visit the Keep Flu out of School website at www.preventchildhoodinfluenza.org.