Each day, about 55 million students and 7 million staff attend the more than 130,000 public and private schools in the United States. People of all ages get sick with flu but school-aged children are a group with a high rate of flu illness. The CDC recommends seasonal flu vaccination for everyone 6 months of age and older unless they have a specific contraindication to flu vaccine. The CDC also encourages schools to hold “vaccination clinics” at school for students, teachers, staff and parents to get the maximum yearly protection against a community outbreak.
The CDC reports that during past seasons, approximately 80% of flu-associated deaths in children have occurred in children who were not vaccinated.
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