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March 26th, 2012 posted by Paul Rega, MD, FACEP March 26, 2012 @ 12:07 am

School Closure & Pandemic Influenza

http://www.annals.org/content/156/3/173.full.pdf+html

Effects of School Closure on Incidence of Pandemic Influenza in

Alberta, Canada

David J.D. Earn, PhD; Daihai He, PhD, et al.

Ann Intern Med

 

Analysis of data from unrestricted virologic testing during an influenza pandemic provides compelling evidence that closing schools can have dramatic effects on transmission of pandemic influenza. School closure seems to be an effective strategy for slowing the spread of pandemic influenza in countries with social contact networks similar to those in Canada.



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