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A Community Approach to Addressing Flu Season

Yellow flu season ahead road sign
While seasonal influenza (flu) viruses can be detected year-round in the United States, flu viruses are most common during the fall and winter. The flu is serious and can even be deadly, but it’s also preventable — and the flu vaccine has been shown to be one of the best ways to protect against the flu.

Shoo the Flu is a public-private partnership between the Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD), the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD), the Page Family Foundation and other community partners in Oakland, Calif., committed to public health by decreasing flu and flu-related disease burden within the Oakland area. The program uses school-located influenza vaccination (SLIV) to reach elementary school children.

We spoke with Katherine “Kate” Holbrook, MS, RN, CNS, PHN, program manager of Shoo the Flu, to learn more about this community-based program and the unique role nurses play in decreasing flu-related disease burden within communities. 

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