Flu (Influenza) Resources

NYSDOH Resources

Schools play a key role in helping prevent and slow the spread of influenza in our communities. This page contains resources for families and staff on preventing seasonal influenza. NYS Public Health Law Section 613 requires licensed and registered day-care programs and schools to post information about the flu and flu vaccine for parents. Resources to do this are below.

NYSDOH Flu Information for Child-Care Providers and Schools Webpage-Contains:

Additional Resources on this page include:

Regulations for the Prevention of Influenza Transmission-Info on face masks. (not required for schools

NYSED Resources:

NYSED - Amendment to Public Health Law Regarding Regulations for the Prevention of Influenza Transmission (October 2013)

NYSED/NYSDOH Joint Guidance Memo on Influenza 2017-2018-Provides information on symptoms, monitoring, cleaning, facilities and school closure. (2/23/18)

NYS Disaster Preparedness Resource:

Pandemic Flu Action Kit for Schools in New York State: The NYS Disaster Preparedness Commission is continuing its comprehensive planning for a potential pandemic. Staff from the State Health and Education Departments and a workgroup made up of county health officials collaborated in the development of a Pandemic Flu Action Kit for Schools in New York State.

Additional Pandemic resources from the US Dept of Education - "Emergency Planning - Pandemic"

CDC Resources

Information for Schools and Child Care Providers-Contains information on how to Clean and Disinfect Schools To Slow the Spread of Flu, and guidance for School Administrators to Help Reduce the Spread of Seasonal Influenza in K-12 Schools (7/2018).

Free sources- Free flu materials which may be ordered or downloaded and printed. 

How to Clean and Disinfect Schools to Help Slow the Spread of Flu-Contains tips on how to slow the spread of flu through cleaning and disinfecting (August 2016). 

Influenza Antiviral Medications: Summary for Clinicians (CDC)-This site reviews types,  use, and clinical benefit 

NASN Resources

Resources on flu prevention for practitioners, school staff, and parents. Includes data collection and use as part of an overall communicable disease control plan.

N95 Respirator Mask Requirements Related to Influenza

N95 Respirator Mask Requirement - Memo to Superintendents (NYSED) Note: Respirators are no longer mandated, but highly recommended 1/11/13 Question and Answer Document: Infection Control Measures, N95 Respirators, and 2009 H1N1 Influenza

On-line training for school nurses and other school health personnel on the OSHA/PESH required respiratory protection program and N95 respirator use. 2009

Page updated 10/17/19