The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wants to learn if better understanding and 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 agency says in a notice explaining a new collection of information. The pandemic started in the spring, but a new vaccine was not available until October and sufficient stock to cover all school-age children wasn’t present until December.

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