Prevention

Guidance for Child Care, Schools and Colleges

School administrators, teachers, staff and parents can understandably be concerned about influenza and its spread in close-encounter settings.

Influenza causes more hospitalizations among young children than any other vaccine-preventable disease. The single best way to protect against seasonal flu and potential severe complications is for children to get a seasonal influenza vaccine each year. Flu vaccination is recommended for all children aged 6 months and older.

Making healthy choices at school and at home can help prevent the flu and spreading flu to others. Encourage children, parents and staff to take the following everyday preventive actions to prevent flu:

  • Stay home when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill.

How do you know if a school has an outbreak? Consult with the school nurse to determine if an outbreak is occurring at the school. The school nurse or administrator should have an idea of how many children are out at any given time of the school year.

More information:

Guidance for School Administrators to Help Reduce the Spread of Seasonal Influenza in K-12 Schools

How to Clean and Disinfect Schools To Help Slow the Spread of Flu

Last Modified: June 28, 2019