There have been dozens of articles in recent weeks with predictions for this coming flu season, and tons of news about schools possibly being the first line of defense in preventing the flu from really devastating communities. It makes sense -- schools are a place where kids can so easily pass bugs from one to another, and where we can most easily get the kids in one centralized location for prevention.

That's why I'm thankful for our new Teach Flu a Lesson flu vaccination initiative. It makes it easy for PTOs and PTAs to put preventive measures in place at school to ensure the health and safety of students, parents, and staff. When we started working on this program last year, the flu was certainly a concern. But then the H1N1 virus (swine flu) came around, and it's got everybody talking.

Our free planning kit includes everything your PTO needs to bring flu vaccinations right to your school: step-by-step planning guidelines, resources, promotional materials, even health professionals who will work one on one with your group to coordinate your event or clinic. It's easy to plan and easy to execute, making it a great add-on to a health fair or as part of a health week. Or -- this year especially -- it's even a good standalone event to hold at your school because interest and concern is so high.

Now is the time to plan to get ahead of the flu for this school year. This is a great way for your PTO to serve the kids, your families, and your school.