07 Apr

Event: Impact of Flu Immunization on Student Absenteeism

When: Wednesday, April 23, 2014; 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Where: St. David’s Medical Center, 5th Floor, 3000 IH 35 Frontage, Austin, TX 78741

Reducing the rates of flu in Central Texas not only directly improves the health of students and those they may expose to infectious disease, but will also benefit student educational outcomes and the regional economy.

This work is based on a ground-breaking Absence Reasons Study conducted by E3 Alliance and Children’s Optimal Health in 2013 to better understand why students are absent in order to better inform decision-making about how community and health infrastructure impacts students. This study determined that almost half (48%) of all student absences are due to acute illness. A Flu Immunization Taskforce was formed, and has been working together since the fall of 2013, studying local and national data on acute illness, and in particular influenza, and the related health and educational impacts due to flu illness.

The E3-3D presentation will focus on:

  • Ground-breaking research linking health, absenteeism, and educational outcomes
  • The potential impact of a school-based influenza immunization pilot program on student absenteeism
  • Review of opportunities and challenges of a region-wide pilot on-campus immunization program being launched this fall in five Central Texas school districts
  • How we can together create a platform for effective community outreach to have many more families participate in this effort

This is a community-wide effort and will require community-wide solutions. We need YOU to be part of the planning to make it successful!

Light refreshments will be provided. Event is free, however RSVP is required:

Visit: https://e3-3d-flu-immunization.eventbrite.com