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Flu in South Carolina

Schools and Child Care Centers

infantChildren are more likely to need medical care because of the flu, especially before they turn 5 years old. And, severe flu is most common in children younger than 2 years old. The single best way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated each year. Flu vaccination is recommended for everyone aged 6 months and older, including adults.     
Schools are instrumental in keeping their communities healthy by taking actions such as posting information about hand hygiene and flu prevention, providing flu prevention messages in daily announcements, and being vigilant about cleaning and disinfecting classroom materials.

Make sure teachers and caregivers at your school or childcare center are familiar with the symptoms of flu as well as emergency warning signs that require immediate medical attention.

Help Prevent the Spread of Flu

School ChildrenHere are ways that your school and child care center can help prevent and slow the spread of flu among students, staff and families:

Influenza Vaccine

Flu vaccines are your staff and students’ best protection against the flu.

School-Located Flu Clinics

DHEC is working with VaxCare and several school districts to offer flu vaccinations – mist and shots – to students on school campuses. If your child’s school is participating you’ll receive a parent packet with specific details. But, if you need to read and/or print any of the packet’s items, see our documents and forms page.

Helpful Links for School Flu Planning

K-12 Schools

If you have additional questions about the flu or flu vaccine, please call 1-800-27SHOTS (1-800-277-4687) or visit the CDC’s Seasonal Influenza website or