Thousands of children younger than 5 years are hospitalized from flu symptoms and complications every year. CDC estimates that from the 2010-2011 season to the 2019-2020 season, flu-related hospitalizations among children younger than 5 years old have ranged from 7,000 to 26,000 in the United States. 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. For more information on preventing flu as well as guidance and additional resources visit the CDC page on Influenza Information for Schools and Childcare Providers.
School officials can also learn how to properly clean and disinfect school facilities by visiting the CDC page on How to Clean and Disinfect Schools to Slow the Spread of Flu.
School located vaccination clinics
If you are interested in hosting a school located vaccination clinic, please visit the CDC page on Planning School Located Vaccination Clinics.
Flu symptom check list
MDPH created a resource, Flu Symptom Check List for Families, Schools and Child Care Programs (DOC), to determine when a sick child should stay at home and when to return to school.