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Keep Flu Out of School

Listen to the NASN Radio podcast “3 Tools You Can Use to Help Keep the Flu Out of Your School”:

View the Keep Flu out of School poster presentation from the National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit in May 2017:

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. This program was 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 collaborated on this project to promote, strengthen, and enhance influenza prevention efforts among elementary school students, their parents, and teachers. Demonstration sites included schools in Springfield, MO; Milton, FL; Chicago, IL; Tacoma, WA; and Caesar Rodney School District, DE. The long-term outcomes of the project were 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.

Currently, we are sustaining elements of the Keep Flu out of School program by working with student healthcare administrators in Grades K through 12, as well as colleges and universities. Together, we can help keep students flu-free and learning! We encourage you to reach out to us if you're interested in keeping flu out of your school.

Examples of educational resources created to support the program include:

  • Flyers that include FFF family stories and flu facts
  • Educational worksheets and associated user’s guides for Grades K-2 and 3-5
  • Bookmarks
  • Flu Fighter stickers
  • Flu vaccine FAQs

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Interested in implementing a flu prevention education program in your school? Check out our e-toolkit for school nurses:

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