Implementing Flu Vaccinations in Schools Essay

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In John Cawley, Harry F. Hull and Matthew D. Rousculp (2010) systemic literature review on the strategies for implementing school-located influenza vaccination of children, it was supported that there are benefits to immunizations. Children are a vulnerable population with their low immunity and susceptibility to infections within the public school system. Immunization within the schools will not only benefit the students, but their families, faculty and surrounding community. Immunizations will also prevent teacher and student absentees, allowing schools to continue educating (John Cawley, Harry F. Hull and Matthew D. Rousculp, 2010). A major barrier to immunization in children is the time and cost associated with receiving them. Many …show more content…
Immunization programs have been shown to reduce influenza outbreaks (Cawley et al., 2010). In 2006, 69.4% of all States had an infectious disease policy in place (Elizabeth Stevenson et al., 2009). In a pandemic, antiviral drugs are distributed, social distancing is put in action and treatment of secondary infections is implemented. These plans should include immunization, hygiene, and infection control policies and practices. In the United States the common cold and seasonal influenza account for millions of school days missed (Stevenson et al. 2009, p. S256). Having this policy would limit the spread of the infection and less absenteeism. Some schools are forced to close down when pandemics hit. Closing schools isn’t always the best alternative as negative consequences arise such as; students home alone, mal nutrition, and breaking routine habits. Alternatives and prevention to school closures is to have children follow a basic hygiene routine, keep your child home if they are at risk or infectious, and most importantly, immunize your child. The main objection to vaccinations is parental consent. In one instance half of the students did not return the consent forms (Cawly PhD et al. 2010). Elementary schools have more success with consent forms over middle/high schools as their means of communication with the parent and teacher is more reliable. Results from a survey conducted in Knox County Tennessee during influenza stated that the top reasons

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