Flu Vaccine Promotion Materials for PTAs
The PTA and PKIDs are committed to keeping kids healthy and in school because attendance, as we all know, is the cornerstone to a successful academic year. Flu’s Gonna Lose is a campaign designed to help families stay healthy and productive during influenza season.
PKIDs encourages PTAs to use the materials found on this webpage as tools to keep your schools as flu-free as possible this year. Please adapt the materials in anyway you like—there are no restrictions for their use.
If you would like assistance, please contact our office and we’ll be happy to help you.
Every year in the United States, on average:
Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications.
Studies show that otherwise healthy but unvaccinated daycare and school-age children are prime targets for influenza, or what is more commonly called “the flu.” School populations are eight times denser than offices and 10 times denser than homes, making them prime breeding grounds for the spread of influenza.
Once infected, children, particularly preschoolers, shed more influenza viruses than do infected adults, and they do so for longer periods of time. This explains why they are so often at the center of an outbreak in the family or the community.
Since one-fifth of the U.S. population attends or works in schools, schools are a primary source of infection and possibly the primary source of infection.
When children become infected, unvaccinated household members quickly follow suit, leading to missed school days, missed work, doctor visits and sometimes hospital visits.
It’s difficult to identify this vaccine-preventable disease from other upper respiratory ailments, such as colds, because the symptoms can be so similar. Prevention is key to maintaining a healthy environment during flu season.
There are simple steps we can take to keep ourselves, our loved ones and those around us as healthy as possible during flu season:
We encourage PTAs to use these materials as they like and offer them ready-to-go with the insertion of your PTA’s information. Please feel free to keep or remove PKIDs’ information, as it is more important to us that the health message gets out to families than for our name to be on that message. The choice is yours.
Each title is a link to a Word document that may be downloaded for your use. Please pass these on to others who would find them useful.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Please look for the yellow highlighted text in each document as that is where you will insert the name of your PTA or school; or you will find instructions that you will then need to delete from the text after reading. Some documents contain highlighted text only at the bottom in small font.
Flu and Schools
School Administration Letter
School Vaccine Clinics
PTAs excel at reaching their students and families with important information throughout the year. We offer the following suggestions for determining how best to use the Flu’s Gonna Lose materials.
Late August/Early September
Send the school administrator or superintendent the letter requesting their support in educating students and their families about influenza and methods of prevention. Be sure to include provided fact sheets and information about the upcoming flu clinic.
Set up a section on the PTA website displaying the provided informative sheets on influenza and methods of prevention.
Appoint a committee to set up a flu clinic at the school just after Thanksgiving. They’ll need to be working on it now to get everything in place when the time comes.
Distribute the press release to health reporters or editors with the local and regional media. A call to the newspaper or TV or radio station will give you the name of the health reporter or editor, along with their preferred method of contact and the email address or fax number to use when sending the release.
Reaching out to the community through the media is a great way to alert extended family members to the need for practicing prevention when it comes to influenza.
Post reminders around school about the upcoming flu clinic.
Send a reminder home with students that there will be a flu vaccine clinic at school, with date(s) and times listed.
Late November/Early December
This is a time that CDC will be pushing for folks to make sure and get their flu vaccine if they haven’t already done so. It would be an ideal time for the PTA to do the same by holding their school flu vaccine clinic.
Information is the power
parents have over disease.