• Pandemic Flu

    School Planning

    The most important things schools can do to reduce the risk of flu is to encourage flu vaccination for all students and those staff who are recommended for vaccination; suggest early treatment for people at higher risk for flu complications; facilitate use of respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene by students and staff; ensure that sick students and adults do not come to the facility; and separate sick and well people as soon as possible. School administrators should frequently remind students, their families, and staff about the importance of these considerations.
    Seasonal Flu

    Each year, an average of 20,000 children under the age of 5 are hospitalized because of flu-related complications. Influenza causes more hospitalizations among young children than any other vaccine-preventable disease. The single best way to protect against seasonal flu and its potential severe complications is for children to get a seasonal flu 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 the flu to others.

    Ask children to:

    • Cover their nose and mouth with a tissue when they cough or sneeze—have them throw the tissue away after they use it.
    • Wash their hands often with soap and water, especially after they cough or sneeze. If water is not near, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
    • Avoid touching their eyes, nose, or mouth to prevent the spread of germs.

    Checklists for Pandemic Flu Planning
    Developed by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Department of Education, these checklists can assist local educational agencies in developing and/or improving plans to prepare for and respond to a flu pandemic.

    • Child Care and Preschool Pandemic Influence Planning Checklist (PDF - 124.97 KB)
    • School District (K-12) Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist (PDF - 123.95 KB)
    • Colleges and Universities Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist (PDF - 170.04 KB)
    General Information for a Flu Pandemic