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Flu a burden in School-Going Children
Annual attack rate exceeds 30% , during outbreaks
Influenza attack is associated with:
Average 3 days of fever
Average 5 days of absenteeism from school
Influenza contributes to parental absenteeism
73% of parents with children aged 3-6years
34% of parents with children aged 7 years or more
Neuzil KM et al. The effect of influenza on hospitalizations,outpatient visit and courses of antibiotics in children,NEJM 2000,342:225-31
Heikkinen T et al.Illness symptoms and absences due to influenza in different age groups of children ICS 2004, 1263:101-4
Flu ‘ A varying disease caused by varying virus’
School going children are specially at risk.
Can carry the virus to household and infect other family members.
Common Symptoms of Flu
General weakness & discomfort
Flu/ Influenza is not a Common Cold
Flu is Highly Contagious
Spreads quickly within a group of people:
Family, schools, public transport, hostels are the ideal setting for the spread of Flu.
Flu is a major problem in collective facilities.
How does it spread?
Flu virus is transmitted in tiny droplets as people
Infection is facilitated by close contact
There is 1-2 days gap between getting the virus and getting the disease.
One can pass on the virus to others by any of the above before and after getting sick.
How to differentiate flu from common cold ? JAMA 2000; 284 (13): 1740
Impact of Flu 1 infected child Infected Teachers Internal contagiousness External contagiousness Family contagiousness Infected Family members Infected co-students Disease control costs Treatment Costs Missing imp classes Missing exams No extra curricular activities Medical Costs Absenteeism
Cost of Treatment (Hidden)
Missing out exams
Missing out the Dusshera / Diwali
Why flu is important to discuss?
Flu more common in children
Flu more severe in children
Flu more severe in children with conditions
Effect on asthma
Effect on Otitis Media (pain in the ear)
Effect on antibiotics used
Effect in high risk diseases
Children shed virus for longer time and are important source of transmission
Flu cost matches Flu-ridden Sri Lanka looking to wrap up series Charlie Austin Cricinfo’s Sri Lankan correspondent, July 21, 2005 (.…) Muttiah Muralitharan was confined to his bed trying to shake off the flu . The other flu-ridden players - Mahela Jayawardene, Thilan Samaraweera, Chaminda Vaas and Sanath Jayasuriya- looked perkier than the previous day but hardly pictures of good health as they worked out gently in the morning. (…) The only hope is that no -one else succumbs to a virus that started from the top, the manager and captain, before spreading like wildfire. Sachin, Yuvi , pacers battle flu Bristol, August 23, 2007 – The Tribune Sachin Tendulkar, Zaheer Khan, Ajit Agarkar, R P Singh and Yuvraj Singh are suffering from influenza or body ache or both on the eve of the second ODI against England on Friday. This, beside the distraction of the burgeoning confrontation between the BCCI and the Indian Cricket League.
Vaccination in School: a win-win program SCHOOL BENEFITS Healthy & satisfied students (prevention program offer) Better productivity (Not missing exams and other activities due to flu) STUDENT BENEFITS Medical benefits (disease risk and contagiousness is reduced) Social benefits (possible extension of the vaccination program to other family members) Indirect protection to other family members, friends & teachers. Better Learning Absentism due to flu is minimised A flu free school A flu free community
Key benefits for School By avoiding absenteeism and missing out important classes due to flu By avoiding missing out of exams & other school activities By demonstrating your interest in social and health benefits towards students Ensures better results from the students (better athletes & academicians. Better participation in school activities A Flu free school