Efforts to Improve Attendance in Central Texas: “Kick the Flu” Flu Immunization Campaign Evaluation, July 2017

E3 Alliance determined in 2013 that a spike in absenteeism in schools across Central Texas was perfectly timed to a spike in flu cases in the region. An attempt to ameliorate this flu-related absenteeism led to a large scale “Kick the Flu” school-based immunization campaign in Central Texas. In the fall of 2016, the initiative provided vaccinations to 38,032 students in 262 elementary and middle schools across 15 Central Texas school districts. The purpose of this evaluation is to determine whether this school-based influenza vaccination program corresponded to improvements in school attendance during the peak weeks of the 2016-17 flu season.