Annals of Tropical Medicine and Public Health

: 2016  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 356--357

School-based influenza vaccination clinics and school absenteeism

Won Sriwijitalai1, Viroj Wiwanitkit2,  
1 RVT Medical Center, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Department of Tropical Medicine, Hainan Medical University, Haikou, China

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Won Sriwijitalai
RVT Medical Center, Bangkok, Thailand

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Sriwijitalai W, Wiwanitkit V. School-based influenza vaccination clinics and school absenteeism.Ann Trop Med Public Health 2016;9:356-357

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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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