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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 356-357
School-based influenza vaccination clinics and school absenteeism

1 RVT Medical Center, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Department of Tropical Medicine, Hainan Medical University, Haikou, China

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Date of Web Publication12-Sep-2016

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Sriwijitalai W, Wiwanitkit V. School-based influenza vaccination clinics and school absenteeism. Ann Trop Med Public Health 2016;9:356-7

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Sriwijitalai W, Wiwanitkit V. School-based influenza vaccination clinics and school absenteeism. Ann Trop Med Public Health [serial online] 2016 [cited 2020 Jul 12];9:356-7. Available from:
Dear Sir,

Influenza is usually a big problem in school children. The infection can be epidemic and cause many school absenteeism. The usage of influenza vaccination is suggested for effective control of influenza. Of interest, the recent study on "Association of School-Based Influenza Vaccination Clinics and School Absenteeism-Arkansas, 2012-2013" is very interesting. [1] Gicquelais et al. concluded that "influenza vaccination is an effective tool to reduce school absenteeism. School-based clinics are a feasible way to target influenza vaccinations to school-aged children." [1] In fact, it is no doubt that influenza vaccination is the best means to prevent influenza and to use the school-based vaccination clinic can be useful. [2] However, there are some facts to be addressed. First, the success depends on the acceptance of the students to the program. Frequently, in developing countries, influenza vaccine is not free and it is the main obstacle that the students and parents deny vaccination. [2],[3] Second, the observation has to be assumed that there is only a single infectious problem, influenza, to be controlled. In case that there are many concurrent problems such as dengue, other arboviral diseases, or gastroenteritis outbreaks, [4] in the school area, the decreased rate of school absenteeism cannot be expected.

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Gicquelais RE, Safi H, Butler S, Smith N, Haselow DT. Association of school-based influenza vaccination clinics and school absenteeism-Arkansas, 2012-2013. J Sch Health 2016;86:235-41.  Back to cited text no. 1
Wiwanitkit V. How to increase seasonal influenza vaccine coverage. J Am Med Dir Assoc 2014;15:296.  Back to cited text no. 2
Tin SS, Wiwanitkit V. Parental perceptions about required influenza immunization. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2015;36:113-4.  Back to cited text no. 3
Thaung U, Ming CK, Thein M. Dengue haemorrhagic fever in Burma. Southeast Asian J Trop Med Public Health 1975;6:580-91.  Back to cited text no. 4

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Won Sriwijitalai
RVT Medical Center, Bangkok, Thailand

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DOI: 10.4103/1755-6783.190199

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