Schools Help Shoo the Flu

School district and individual school support is a key piece of the equation to bring school-based influenza vaccines to students. In partnership with local healthcare authorities and providers, together you can help achieve shared goals of healthy students, better attendance, and fewer influenza cases in the greater community.

Reasons to Vaccinate

It’s no secret, the benefits of influenza vaccination help the whole community. It’s the best defense we’ve got against influenza. Plus, it can help:

  • Better attendance. Students stay healthy, which means fewer sick days home from school.
  • Lesson plans stay on track. Better attendance helps more students keep up with their studies.
  • Teachers stay healthy, too. With less exposure to sick students, your risk of influenza decreases.

How School-Based Influenza Vaccines Work

(Hint: only with your help!)

It’s easy to help a school-based influenza vaccine program go smoothly at your school. At the start of the school year, teachers receive instructions about how to distribute and collect consent forms from their students. Consent forms are available in six languages: English, Arabic, Spanish, Vietnamese, Cambodian, and Chinese.

Good News! All on-site staff can
also get the flu vaccine at no cost—with or without insurance.

The steps from there are simple:

What to Expect During Shoo the Flu Days

Exact details will vary among programs and between schools, but the goal everywhere is to get students vaccinated safely, efficiently and without any unnecessary disruption to the school day.  

  • School-based vaccination clinics (we call them Flu Vaccine Days) take place in the Fall before influenza season and are set up in a large area such as a multi-purpose room, gym or empty classroom.
  • Teachers are asked to help confirm the identity of students prior to leaving the classroom and volunteers provided by the school will help bring students to the vaccination area by classroom.
  • The influenza vaccine program is free and completely voluntary. Parent/Guardian consent is required for all students. 
  • Only nurses, supervised nursing students, or other trained healthcare professionals as allowed by your state may vaccinate students. 
  • Parents/Guardians and healthcare providers are notified of their student’s vaccination that day. 
  • The whole process should take only about 20 minutes per classroom.