School and Daycare Personnel Vaccination

Although many people think immunizations are just for kids, adults, particularly those who work around children in a school settings, need vaccines too. School and daycare center employees need to stay healthy, not only for themselves, but also for their families and students. Children are well known to be carriers and transmitters of disease, but it is important to remember that adults can also spread diseases, such as flu and whooping cough, to children. Getting all of the recommended immunizations makes school and daycare employees role models to those children they look after. Which vaccines are needed depends on numerous factors such as age, lifestyle, high-risk conditions, type and locations of travel, and previous immunizations. Those individuals who work in schools should make certain, at the very least, to receive the Tdap vaccine (protects adults against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis ) and the annual seasonal flu vaccination. During flu season, school and daycare administrators should consider setting up free worksite vaccination clinics to help their employees easily obtain their annual flu vaccination. Vaccination not only results in healthier employees but also a reduction in absenteeism.

Additional Resources
Easy-to-Read Adult Immunization Schedule
What Vaccines Do You Need? (Quiz for adolescents and adults)
Adult Vaccine Finder
Study - Impact of Requiring Influenza Vaccination for Children in Licensed Child Care or Preschool Programs — Connecticut, 2012–13 Influenza Season