For Immediate Release
February 23, 2007

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

KDHE Sends 'Keep Our School Healthy' Flu DVD to All Kansas Elementary Schools

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has developed a tool for elementary schools to use to teach students, faculty and staff how to minimize the spread of the influenza virus during flu season. The “ Keep Our School Healthy” DVD has been mailed to every public and private elementary school in the state.

The DVD has two short videos, one targeting students in kindergarten through grade three and another aimed at grades four through six. The animated videos feature Dr. Howard Rodenberg, KDHE Director of Health, and Chris Tuck, R.N., the 2006 Kansas School Nurse of the year. Tuck is the school nurse at Indian Creek Elementary School and students from Indian Creek and Pleasant Hill Elementary Schools also appear in the videos. Both schools are part of Seaman U.S.D. 345 in Topeka and Shawnee County.

"Seaman U.S. D. 345 is very excited about being part of this effort by KDHE to minimize the spread of the flu in Kansas elementary schools," said U.S.D 345 Superintendent Mike Mathes. "We are especially proud of Chris Tuck and the students who appear in the videos.”

Print material also available on the DVD includes flyers, posters, bookmarks and fact sheets on seasonal and pandemic influenza to help spread these key messages about minimizing the spread of flu viruses during flu season or flu pandemic:

The DVD was shown for the first time in public at an assembly at Indian Creek School on Thursday, Feb. 22. The students who appeared in the videos were presented Certificates of Appreciation from KDHE.

“We hope all elementary schools will show the videos and use the posters to teach their students how to stay healthy during flu season,” said Dr. Rodenberg. “We also hope the students will take what they learn home to their families.”

The “Keep Our School Healthy” DVD was created as part of KDHE’s Don’t Let Flu Bug U campaign that also featured TV, radio and newspaper advertising during December. The campaign was funded by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. All the material developed for the Don’t Let Flu Bug U campaign can be viewed and downloaded on line at: