The Control Flu program seeks to reduce the number of flu cases in Alachua County in order to protect the community from the dangers related to the flu virus, particularly for high-risk populations such as newborns, young children, pregnant mothers and the elderly.
Control Flu targets schools because children are considered “super spreaders”. This makes schools the perfect arena for students to exchange germs and increase the likelihood that the child will get sick and spread the disease to others.
Our program provides twofold protection against the flu. Firstly, immunization protects the child who receives the flu vaccination from catching the flu. Secondly, after receiving the flu shot, the child will no longer spread the flu. This provides protection from the flu virus for the child’s family and the greater community.
The goal of the Control Flu program is to reduce the number of flu cases in Alachua County by immunizing school children against the flu. By doing so, we hope to reduce the occurrence of flu-related illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths within our community. This increase in community vaccination results in what is known as “Community Immunity.”
Community Immunity occurs when a large portion of a community is immunized against a contagious disease, therefore leaving little opportunity for a serious outbreak. In this way, Control Flu provides direct protection from the flu for those we vaccinate and indirect protection for even those individuals in our community who do not become immune.