Information for Schools & Childcare Providers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recognizes that school administrators, teachers, staff, and parents are concerned about influenza (flu), particularly its effects on children. Educators and staff can help slow the spread of respiratory illnesses, including flu. On this page, you will find information on preventing the flu as well as materials and tools for schools.

Children from a daycare playing with teacher in the classroom

Guidance to help reduce the spread of seasonal flu among students and staff in K-12 schools.

Young female teacher using an alcohol spray to disinfect student desks in classroom

Guide for K-12 schools with tips on how to clean to help slow the spread of seasonal flu.

Doctor holding sign that reads: Get your flu shot

Resource for school-located vaccination clinic planners, including, forms and pre-drafted letters.

The single best way to protect against seasonal flu and its potential severe complications is to get a seasonal flu vaccine each year. Flu vaccination is recommended for everyone aged 6 months and older. Making healthy choices at school and at home can help prevent flu and spreading flu to others.

Encourage children, parents, and staff to take the following everyday preventive actions to prevent flu [2 MB, 2 pages]:

  • Stay home when you are sick. If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces or objects. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill.

Resources on Common Flu Topics for School Administrators, Teachers, Staff, and Parents

“Are you a flu fighter?” Coloring Book
Illustration of a boy

Coloring Book PDF: “Are you a flu fighter?” English [8.3 MB, 14 pages], “Eres un luchador contra la influenza?” Spanish [4 MB, 14 pages]

Scrub Club
NSF Scrub Club,

Kids can learn about health and hygiene at the Scrub Club™ web site. The site features a fun and educational animated Webisode with seven “soaper-heros” who battle nasty villains representing germs and bacteria. Kids learn the six key steps to proper handwashing through a webisode, a handwashing song, interactive games, and activities for kids. Educational materials for teachers are also available to download.