Maine provides funding to give flu vaccines in schools

Maine’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention, part of the state Department of Health and Human Services, will offer funding to provide seasonal influenza and H1N1 influenza vaccines in K-12 schools.

This partnership sets the foundation not only to protect the health of school children and the school community, but also to protect the health of the entire community, including siblings, parents, and the elderly. Because children are major transmitters of influenza, vaccinating them provides protection throughout the community.

Additionally, offering vaccines in schools will help reduce the impact of large-scale vaccination clinics on the health care system, which may be overstretched by a surge in H1N1 and/or seasonal.