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]
Did you catch our CIC Education Hour on October 28? The new law created by SB 277 (Pan/Allen) which removes the personal belief exemption (PBE) from school vaccination requirements goes into effect on January 1, 2016. CIC wants to help providers and parents understand the new rules around vaccine documentation and this first presentation included an overview of the law, an explanation of medical exemptions as well as resources for parents and providers to learn more about how the process will work.
You can access the archived presentation as well as additional resources here.
We are working on a follow up webinar specifically for school personnel; if you are interested in attending this webinar or if you have any specific questions you would like us to address please subscribe to our newsletter or send a note to [email protected].
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.