For students and their families, back to school preparation often includes completing emergency contact forms, gathering school supplies, and getting used to a new school schedule. Ensuring that students are protected against vaccine-preventable diseases is also critical to keeping them healthy and ready to learn…
Caroline had been vaccinated against the flu every year except this particular year. The vaccine wasn’t readily available prior to the beginning of school and once the busy school year began, it fell off the “radar.” Caroline’s mother admits, “The fact that we neglected to make it a priority was the biggest mistake I’ve ever made as a parent. That mistake and lack of judgment nearly stole my child’s life and has changed our entire family’s lives forever…”
Immunizations are a modern marvel of public health! And among the advocates on the front lines are school nurses. School nurses are more than just compliance experts for school-required immunizations; they also provide timely and accurate information to improve the health in one of our most important communities…schools.
Children are very efficient at spreading illnesses, including illness caused by influenza (flu) viruses. Young children and children with certain underlying health conditions are at high risk of developing serious complications from the flu, including hospitalization and death. Since school-age children spend the majority of their waking hours at school, efforts to create flu-free students can play a significant role in halting the spread of flu at school, within their families, and in their communities.