How the flu virus affects schools

Schools can be one of the biggest breeding grounds for the transmission of viruses, with children in close proximity on a 24/7 basis, sharing materials and equipment and coming into contact with the same light switches, door handles and hand rails etc. Of course there are also adult members of staff sharing space and materials/equipment.

Flu is a highly contagious respiratory illness caused by the transmission of and infection with the flu virus. Flu symptoms can be experienced for between two and seven days, and include coughing and sneezing, blocked and runny nose, headaches, fever and chills, aches and pains and acute fatigue. People in vulnerable groups can also suffer much more severe symptoms which could result in hospitalisation or even death. The flu vaccine is a simple way to protect the children and employees under your care and to manage a potential outbreak in a very challenging environment, so book your flu vaccination with FluClinic2You today.

How does flu vaccination benefit a school?

The flu vaccine is modified every year to ensure it tackles developing mutations of the virus which become active as new strains. This means that an annual on-site flu vaccination service will ensure the children and staff under your care are always protected from a flu outbreak. Download our Flu Factsheet to learn more about flu. The flu vaccine will:

  • Reduce the chances of being infected
  • Reduce the severity and duration of the symptoms
  • Prevent transmission between parties
  • Protect vulnerable people from severe symptoms

A school has a duty of care to protect both its children and its employees first and foremost, but the flu vaccination will also help with:

  • Absenteeism
  • Efficiency of operations
  • Child attention levels, productivity and ultimately qualification grades
  • Creating a welcoming, happy and inclusive environment for the school

Booking a flu vaccination with FluClinic2You

Our on-site flu vaccination service includes:

  • A tailored service to suit your organisational needs
  • Friendly, welcoming and relaxed clinics
  • Opportunities to talk with expert nurses and clinicians about the flu virus and vaccine
  • No minimum numbers for a flu vaccination clinic

You can learn much more about our flu vaccination service by downloading our Service Brochure.

The flu vaccine is proven to reduce outbreaks, symptoms and transmission of flu and is the essential control measure you need in your school to manage this highly contagious and disruptive virus, so book now with FluClinic2You.

Did you know?

Flu viruses undergo periodic changes and mutations, necessitating annual flu vaccinations.

Each year’s vaccine is specifically formulated to target the prevalent strains expected during that particular flu season, ensuring optimal protection.

Quick FAQs

The ‘flu’ is short for Influenza, which is an acute respiratory illness due to infection with the influenza virus.

The virus can last for up to 7 – 10 days, common symptoms include:

  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Blocked / Runny Nose
  • Fever / Chills
  • Fatigue

In severe cases of the virus, patients may require hospital admission which can take a large toll on the body.

At FluClinic2You, we provide the quadrivalent flu vaccine to our clients. This vaccine works against 4 different strains of the virus.

The vaccine will help prevent people from getting the flu, reduce the severity of symptoms if they were to catch the flu and also prevent transmission of the influenza virus around the workplace.

This will ultimately help reduce employee absence days and costs and hopefully boost productivity in the workplace!

Influenza vaccinations play a crucial role in safeguarding public health due to several key reasons:

  • Prevention of Illness: The flu is a highly contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. By receiving a flu vaccine, you significantly reduce the risk of contracting the flu. Even if you do get infected, the vaccine can help lessen the severity and duration of the illness, ensuring a quicker recovery and reducing potential complications like pneumonia or hospitalization.
  • Protection of Vulnerable Populations: Certain groups, such as young children, the elderly, pregnant women, and individuals with underlying health conditions or weakened immune systems, are more susceptible to severe flu-related complications. By getting vaccinated, you not only protect yourself but also help to protect vulnerable people, reducing the likelihood of transmitting the virus to them and preventing potentially serious consequences.
  • Community Immunity (Herd Immunity): When a significant portion of a population is immunized against the flu, it establishes a collective defence mechanism known as herd immunity. This shield makes it more challenging for the flu virus to spread within the community, ultimately protecting those who cannot receive the vaccine due to medical reasons or those for whom the vaccine may be less effective. By opting for vaccination, you actively contribute to the overall health and well-being of your community.
  • Alleviating Healthcare System Burden: Flu outbreaks can place a considerable burden on healthcare systems, leading to a surge in hospitalizations and medical visits. By getting vaccinated, you significantly lower your risk of contracting the flu and requiring medical attention. This, in turn, helps alleviate the strain on healthcare facilities, ensuring that resources are readily available for individuals with other urgent medical needs.
  • Prevention of Coinfections: Influenza can weaken the immune system, making individuals more susceptible to secondary bacterial infections, such as pneumonia. By proactively preventing the flu through vaccination, you reduce the likelihood of experiencing these potentially severe secondary infections, thereby safeguarding your overall health.