Influenza can spread quickly in schools and early childhood centres, due to the close proximity of children. To minimize the spread of infection, schools and childcare services should educate staff and students about good hygiene practices.
influenza fact sheet for general influenza information.
To stop the spread of influenza, there are effective measures that students and staff can take:
It's recommended that everyone aged 6 months and over gets an annual flu shot to protect themselves from influenza. All children aged from 6 months to under five years of age are eligible for free a flu shot in NSW. Read more about this
immunisation initiative or refer to the
National Immunisation Program.
Children with special needs (such as chronic illnesses or neurological disorders) may be at higher risk of developing complications from influenza. Encourage these children to seek early medical advice if they become unwell with influenza symptoms. Influenza vaccination is especially important for these children.
If your school specifically caters for children with special needs and there is a high level of influenza-related absenteeism this winter, contact your local Public Health Unit for advice.
Boarders with influenza should isolate (keep away from others) until their symptoms resolve. If you have three or more boarders with influenza you can contact your local Public Health Unit for advice.