Information to Parents about Seasonal Flu Vaccination 2019-2020

INFORMATION ABOUT SEASONAL FLU

 

Each year, the spread of the flu virus causes major disruptions to individuals’ professional and social lives, a disproportionate increase in the use of medicines and, in rare cases, can result in death.  Influenza is the single, greatest vaccine-preventable disease that sends young children to hospitals. Moreover, school-age children are the most susceptible group to contract influenza.

School data shows a direct correlation between the peak in school absences with the peak in the outbreak of the flu virus.  Moreover, the peak in school absences is preceded by a two-week period of increased absenteeism that indicates that influenza is spreading throughout the school community (students and staff).

 

The most effective way to prevent seasonal flu and its potentially serious complications is to be immunized annually with the anti-influenza vaccine.  When administered properly and in a timely manner, it protects against the transmission of the virus, it helps protect against complications and reduces absences from work and school

 

According to our country’s National Vaccination Program, individuals who belong to high risk groups of contracting the disease should be administered the influenza vaccine systematically. (Public Health for Quality of Life Directorate, Ministry of Health, Circular Δ1α/Γ.Π.οικ.75890, 04/10/2018).  In the United State of America, as of 2010, timely administration of the annual flu vaccine is recommended for the entire population aged 6 months and over, and as of 2008, for all school-aged children. (CDC’s Admistory Committee on Immunization Practices).

Sources:  http://www.moh.gov.gr , http://www.cdc.gov/flu