Although most attention has been directed toward measles, influenza is still circulating. The CDC continues to provide weekly updates that indicate while rates of disease are decreasing, the season is not over. So far during the 2014-15 influenza season, 86 pediatric deaths caused by influenza have been reported.
The best way to protect children is to have them vaccinated, and indeed, some places have started to require influenza immunizations for entry into preschools and day cares. Recently, the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) and the Childhood Influenza Immunization Coalition (CIIC) released a report, Flu Care in Day Care: The Impact of Vaccination, discussing the implementation of these childhood influenza vaccine requirements in New Jersey, Connecticut and New York City. In addition to the report, a new webpage on the NFID site includes resources for schools and day cares.