Flu (Influenza) Information for Child-Care Providers and Schools

The flu spreads easily. You can spread it to others before you know you're sick. It can cause serious illness in infants and young children. Getting the flu vaccine is the best way to prevent flu and its complications. The vaccine is recommended for everyone 6 months and older every year.

Child-care providers and schools play a key role in helping to prevent and slow the spread of flu. 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. Each fall, they receive this announcement -- NYS Influenza Education Announcement -- by email or mail as a reminder of the requirement.

It's easy to comply. Just post this publication in your school or facility where it can be easily seen by parents and caregivers:

This publication should be posted during flu season, from early fall through May. This is required for:

  • licensed and registered day-care programs
  • nursery schools
  • prekindergarten
  • kindergarten
  • school-age, child-care programs
  • public schools
  • nonpublic schools

Additional resources to share with families and staff as you choose: