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Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal:
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INFLUENCE OF SCHOOL CLOSURE ON THE INCIDENCE OF VIRAL RESPIRATORY DISEASES AMONG CHILDREN AND ON HEALTH CARE UTILIZATION

Heymann, Anthony MBBS*; Chodick, Gabriel MScMHA*; Reichman, Brian MBChB†; Kokia, Ehud MD*; Laufer, Joseph MD†

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Abstract

We evaluated the effect of school closure on the occurrence of respiratory infection among children ages 6–12 years and its impact on health care services. During this period, there were significant decreases in the diagnoses of respiratory infections (42%), visits to physician (28%) and emergency departments (28%) and medication purchases (35%). The present study provides quantitative data to support school closure during an influenza pandemic.

© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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