Each year, the New York State Department of Health requires schools to share information about influenza (flu) and the benefits of flu vaccination at the start of flu season in early fall. This year, flu vaccination is more important than ever because the flu and the virus that causes COVID-19 may both be spreading. Flu vaccination will help reduce the spread of flu and help ease the burden on our health care system.
According to the New York State Department of Health, the flu vaccine is the best way to prevent flu. It is recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older every year. Getting vaccinated can prevent flu-related hospitalizations and deaths in children. The vaccine can also reduce flu illnesses, doctor’s visits, and missed work and school days.
If you have any questions, please reach out to your physician or your child’s school nurse.
Resources and Information About the Flu
- NYSDOH: Parents: Fight Flu at Home and School is geared towards parents and guardians and explains why the flu is serious, provides signs and symptoms of the disease and recommends annual flu vaccination to protect children from the flu. Available in other languages on the NYSDOH website.
- CDC website with basic information for flu prevention including resources for parents/guardians and the community.
- The Albany County Department of Health offers flu vaccines by appointment. Learn how to get a flu vaccination through ACDOH.