Flu season is fast approaching and it is time to roll up your sleeves and do your part to spread the word about influenza vaccination for all ages and make sure you get vaccinated yourself.
Number one, getting your flu vaccine protects you from getting sick. Second, when healthy adults and children are vaccinated, it helps to protect those who are most vulnerable, particularly babies too young to be immunized, older adults who may not be developing as strong an immune response – even with vaccination – and anyone with a compromised immune system.
Please see our Flu resources page as well as the information below for updates and resources that can assist you and your organization with promotion efforts throughout the season. Follow us on Twitter @ImmunizeCA and on Facebook to keep up with the latest news and information. Be sure to subscribe to our Coalition newsletter The Vaccine Booster by emailing us at [email protected]
The ShotsforSchool website has a wealth of resources and information about vaccination requirements for childcare, school and college entry, along with answers to your questions about the new laws around school required vaccinations. The Frequently Asked Questions on Senate Bill 277 was recently updated September 22, 2015. The California Immunization Coalition is committed to providing resources and links to credible sources that will assist you in your communications – whether that be a presentation to a community group or conference, or having a conversation with family and friends.
One of the great features of the ShotsforSchool website is an interactive map showing California school immunization rates –
This information is particularly helpful in highlighting the areas of California that may be at higher risk for disease, or misinformation.
Flu Resources for Schools and Childcare Providers
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 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.