Information for Schools & Childcare Providers

Educators and staff can help slow the spread of respiratory illnesses like colds, enterovirus D68 and influenza (flu). On this page, you will find information on preventing the flu as well as materials and tools for schools.

Thousands of children younger than 5 years are hospitalized from flu complications every year. CDC estimates that since 2010, flu-related hospitalizations among children younger than 5 years ranged from 6,000 to 26,000 in the United States. Influenza causes more hospitalizations among young children than any other vaccine-preventable disease. The single best way to protect against seasonal flu and its potential severe complications is for children to get a seasonal influenza vaccine each year. Flu vaccination is recommended for all children aged 6 months and older. Making healthy choices at school and at home can help prevent the flu and spreading flu to others.

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Triple Threat: New Pneumonia Is Drug-Resistant, Deadly And Contagious

In the past few years, there have been so many "superbugs" appearing in hospitals around the world that we here at Goats and Soda haven't had the time or resources to report on all of them.

But a new type of pneumonia emerging in China seems so important that we dropped what we were doing to write about it.

Doctors in Hangzhou in southeastern China have detected a a type of pneumonia that is both highly drug-resistant and very deadly. It also spreads easily.

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County: Norovirus Outbreak in Schools Over

Yolo County health authorities today (June 12) declared the end of a major outbreak of norovirus in local schools but urged continued vigilance against the highly contagious gastrointestinal illness.

Over a six-week period, a total of 4,266 individuals, including 139 UC Davis students, were reported to have been sickened.

The Yolo County Health and Human Services Agency reported that, with the weekly numbers for new or repeated cases declining and the regular school year ending, the outbreak in schools appears to be largely contained. At UC Davis, spring quarter classes ended June 8, and exams continue through this Thursday (June 15).

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