The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wants to learn if better use of school absentee information and school closures can help slow disease transmission during an influenza pandemic. CDC considered school closures to be an important measure to watch during the early stage of the 2009 H1N1 pandemic; the pandemic started in the spring, but a new vaccine was not available until October. Now as it updates pandemic guidance, CDC seeks better evidence for determining appropriate triggers, timing and duration of school-related measures to respond to a pandemic, including closures.
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