Healthy Schools, in cooperation with the Duval County Public Schools and the Florida Department of Health in Duval County is excited to kick off the “Teach Flu A Lesson” program in Duval County.
Every year thousands of children miss valuable time in the classroom learning to read, write and do mathematics because of the dreaded flu. If that isn’t bad enough, they bring it home with them, infecting loved ones, and causing them to miss work. Based on data from around Florida and the rest of the country, we know the in-school vaccine program works and STOPS the flu in its tracks. So please join me in encouraging all of our children to be properly vaccinated and help them become “Health Heroes” – -Help stop this flu season from being “one of the bad ones” in our schools and in our homes.
Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. Over a period of 31 seasons between 1976 and 2007, estimates of flu-associated deaths in the United States range from a low of about 3,000 to a high of about 49,000 people. During a regular flu season, about 90 percent of deaths occur in people 65 years and older. The “seasonal flu season” in the United States can begin as early as October and last as late as May.
FluMist is a gentle mist sprayed into the nose, where the influenza virus usually enters the body. It is administered while breathing normally and does not need to be actively “inhaled.”
FluMist uses live vaccine virus strains, similar to the chicken pox vaccine, that are weakened so as not to cause the flu. One does not get a case of “the flu” when vaccinated with either FluMist or the injectable influenza vaccine.