Navigation Links
Short School Closures Won't Shut Down Flu
Date:1/8/2010

Two-week shutdowns won't work, simulations suggest

FRIDAY, Jan. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Schools need to be closed for at least eight weeks during an influenza epidemic to significantly reduce infection rates, according to a new study.

Closing schools for less than two weeks, it found, has little effect.

The findings stem from a series of computer simulations of flu transmission in Allegheny County, Pa. -- the Pittsburgh area -- conducted by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, the Allegheny County Health Department and RTI International.

During the current H1N1 swine flu pandemic, school closures have been used as a way to slow or halt the spread of the disease. Hundreds of schools across the United States were closed at different periods in 2009.

"Since children are more susceptible to most influenza strains than adults, closing schools seems an obvious strategy to slow the spread of flu," Philip C. Cooley, assistant director of bioinformatics at RTI and a co-author of the study, said in a news release from RTI, a research institute. "However, computer simulations indicate that such closures are ineffective unless they are sustained for at least eight weeks after implementation."

Short-duration school closures might actually increase the infection rate by having students return to school in the middle of an epidemic, when they're most vulnerable to infection, the researchers said.

Among their other findings:

  • Identifying individual sick students and keeping them from attending school has a minimal impact on infection rates during an influenza epidemic.
  • There are no significant differences between individual school closures and system-wide closures in controlling an epidemic.

The study was published online in the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice.

More information

The U.S. Centers for Dis
'/>"/>

Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. SNM calls Congress passage of fix for sustainable growth rate a short-term solution
2. Shortest Day of the Year: Vitamin D - How to Get It When The Sun Goes Down
3. National Oncologist Group Warns: Current Health Care Reform Legislation Woefully Short In Addressing Cancer Care Crisis
4. National Oncologist Group Warns: Current Health Care Reform Legislation Woefully Short in Addressing Cancer Care Crisis
5. Beneath the Short White Coat: A Medical Student Reveals All
6. Hospital price transparancy laws in California fall short, study finds
7. What relates to the short-term effectiveness of biliary drainage?
8. Congressional Health Reform Bill Falls Short on Comprehensive and Affordable Coverage for Low-Income Children
9. Shorter, More Intense Radiation OK for Some Breast Cancers
10. Sugar Shortens Life Span in Worms
11. Short-Term Hormone Therapy Added to Radiation Increases Survival for Medium-Risk, But Not Low-Risk, Prostate Cancer Patients
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/22/2014)... TX (PRWEB) October 22, 2014 On ... Criminal Minds featuring skin diseases both fictional and ... (CEHMDF), a nonprofit organization committed to advocacy and ... if CBS will take the opportunity to impart truth ... , There are many misconceptions about ...
(Date:10/22/2014)... Oct. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The United ... arriving from Ebola-affected nations of West Africa land ... them for infection with the virus. In ... Johnson noted that 94 percent of air passengers ... at one of these five airports -- New ...
(Date:10/22/2014)... Grants Pass, OR (PRWEB) October 22, 2014 ... while Southern California’s fresh water supply runs dangerously low, ... climate change. Southern Oregon’s rivers, despite the lowest mountain ... fast even in late summer and early autumn.* That ... Urness, authors of the new book “Hiking Southern Oregon,” ...
(Date:10/22/2014)... October 22, 2014 Lintelus, Inc., an ... Vice President of Sales, will be speaking on the ... Technology Expo on October 28, at the Holiday Inn ... a booth as well as a Tech Demo at ... can create a more engaging event experience. , The ...
(Date:10/22/2014)... TUESDAY, Oct. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Two sisters ... and heart damage. Ilina and Medha Krishen use ... for sounds of trouble in breathing patterns or heartbeats. ... School in Michigan, wanted to find a way to ... air pollutants. Using an electronic stethoscope, Ilina recorded one ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:CBS’ Criminal Minds takes aim at skin disease with Morgellons in the Mix 2Health News:CBS’ Criminal Minds takes aim at skin disease with Morgellons in the Mix 3Health News:Passengers From Ebola-Affected Countries Must Land at Designated U.S. Airports 2Health News:Passengers From Ebola-Affected Countries Must Land at Designated U.S. Airports 3Health News:Southern Oregon Is West’s Most Drought Proof Fresh Water Region Say Hiking Guide Authors 2Health News:Southern Oregon Is West’s Most Drought Proof Fresh Water Region Say Hiking Guide Authors 3Health News:Southern Oregon Is West’s Most Drought Proof Fresh Water Region Say Hiking Guide Authors 4Health News:Jay Cormier, Sr. Vice President of Sales for Lintelus, Speaks about Event Technology Integration at Meetings Technology Expo in NYC 2Health News:Teen Sisters Develop Ways to Measure Lung, Heart Damage 2
... 24 (HealthDay News) -- Exclusive breast-feeding of infants for ... developing the itchy skin disorder known as eczema in ... infant receives only breast milk, with no additional food ... breast-feeding up to 6 months of age is recommended ...
... York, NY, August 24, 2011 Nearly three-quarters (72%) of people ... over the last two years said that they skipped needed ... cost, according to a new Commonwealth Fund report. The ... debt, compared to about half (49%) who lost jobs but ...
... , Governments in the UK, US and Canada are undermining ... smoking, a report by public health researchers says. The paper, ... argues that films with tobacco imagery should be ineligible for ... conflict with public health goals. Earlier research shows that ...
... News) -- Accidental exposure to highly toxic chemotherapy drugs ... a new study finds. Researchers surveyed 1,339 oncology ... infusion centers and found that nearly 17 percent said ... drugs. In the United States, about 84 percent ...
... HealthDay Reporter , TUESDAY, Aug. 23 (HealthDay News) ... jobless men in what,s been dubbed the "mancession" are ... support their working partners, a small study suggests. ... conducted intensive interviews of 19 recently unemployed men. She ...
... , TUESDAY, Aug. 23 (HealthDay News) -- A common ... worsen over time and may lead to an increased risk ... diastolic dysfunction, which often comes with advancing age, the heart,s ... and is accompanied by elevated filling pressures. The new ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:Breast-Feeding Won't Prevent Kids' Eczema, Researchers Say 2Health News:Three quarters of those who have lost jobs and health insurance are skipping needed health care 2Health News:Three quarters of those who have lost jobs and health insurance are skipping needed health care 3Health News:Three quarters of those who have lost jobs and health insurance are skipping needed health care 4Health News:Government subsidies to the US film industry promote youth smoking, argue researchers 2Health News:Nurses at Risk for Accidental Exposure to Chemo Drugs: Study 2Health News:In Tough Times, Jobless Men Embrace Housework 2Health News:In Tough Times, Jobless Men Embrace Housework 3Health News:Common Heart Dysfunction Can Help Bring on Heart Failure 2
(Date:10/22/2014)... , Oct. 22, 2014  CryoLife, Inc. (NYSE: ... processing company focused on cardiac and vascular surgery, announced ... and Chief Executive Officer, has been elected to the ... Steven G. Anderson , Executive Chairman of ... proven to be an excellent leader who is well ...
(Date:10/22/2014)... 2014  Early symptoms of diabetic eye and ... new technology, coupled with yearly, comprehensive eye exams, ... detection of eye diseases, including those associated with ... left untreated, these diseases can potentially lead to ... Recently, optometric researchers have deployed a new tool ...
(Date:10/22/2014)... -- InVivo Therapeutics Holdings Corp. (OTCQB: NVIV) based in ... cord injury (SCI) treatment with their novel Neuro-Spinal Scaffold. ... regrowth in the spinal cord area when cells are ... polymer, the scaffold ultimately breaks down to water and ... NVIV has recently attracted significant investor attention with the ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Pat Mackin Joins CryoLife Board of Directors 2Pat Mackin Joins CryoLife Board of Directors 3Technology Advancements Enhance Early Detection of Eye Diseases Associated with Diabetes 2Technology Advancements Enhance Early Detection of Eye Diseases Associated with Diabetes 3InVivo Therapeutics Analyst Coverage Initiated: Analyst Report by BrokerBank Securities, Inc. 2InVivo Therapeutics Analyst Coverage Initiated: Analyst Report by BrokerBank Securities, Inc. 3
... HAIKOU, China , June 17 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Kun Run Biotechnology, ... in China focusing on manufacturing and sales of,peptide-based and small ... from the China State Food,and Drug Administration (SFDA). , ... Entecavir is an oral ...
... June 16 When 76-year old Cumming resident, ... the worst. Raised in the carnival and a self professed hobo ... addition to his other illnesses, Smith felt limited in his choices ... and Radiation Oncologist with Radiotherapy Centers of Georgia - ...
Cached Medicine Technology:Kun Run Biotechnology Announces That They Have Obtained the Manufacturing Approval for Entecavir from the China State Food and Drug Administration 2Kun Run Biotechnology Announces That They Have Obtained the Manufacturing Approval for Entecavir from the China State Food and Drug Administration 3Kun Run Biotechnology Announces That They Have Obtained the Manufacturing Approval for Entecavir from the China State Food and Drug Administration 4Cumming Radiation Oncologist Performs First Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy in Forsyth County 2Cumming Radiation Oncologist Performs First Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy in Forsyth County 3Cumming Radiation Oncologist Performs First Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy in Forsyth County 4
... The Banana Split Splint reduces PIP joint ... design is easy to put on. Soft gel-lining ... finger can comfortably begin earlier for faster, more ... straighten the finger and at night to maintain ...
... FoamWrap Finger Trappers are ideal for use ... finger motion. Finger Trappers' non-slip foam lining ... the fingers in traction. These are truly ... Sold in packages of 5 and boxes ...
... stretch knee brace provides protection and added ... individuals with a history of joint instability. ... excellent side-to-side support, yet allow for free ... supports the entire knee area and helps ...
... Townsend Designs ROM post-operative knee braces ... facilitate progressive rehabilitation. , ,Adjustable and ... time-efficient choice for health care professionals. The ... ,ROM braces feature quick dial combination hinges ...
Medicine Products: