Keep Flu out of School
An initiative funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and directed by the National Association of School Nurses, Families Fighting Flu, and the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases-Childhood Influenza Immunization Coalition. The 5-year project is focused on the prevention of influenza among elementary school students (K-5). Year 1 focuses on a pilot program in 47 elementary schools within the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) system. After baseline assessments are complete, educational information about flu prevention, including annual vaccination, will be provided to teachers, students, and parents/guardians through a variety of communication channels under the direction of the school nurse. Collaboration with community partners will provide a framework for project sustainability.