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Getting Schooled: School Closure, Age Distribution, and Pandemic Mitigation

David N. Fisman, MD, MPH
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From University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario M5T 3M7, Canada.

Potential Conflicts of Interest: Disclosures can be viewed at www.acponline.org/authors/icmje/ConflictOfInterestForms.do?msNum=M11-2637.

Requests for Single Reprints: David N. Fisman, MD, MPH, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, 155 College Street, Room 678, Toronto, Ontario M5T 3M7, Canada; e-mail, david.fisman@utoronto.ca.

Ann Intern Med. 2012;156(3):238-240. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-156-3-201202070-00014
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Earn and colleagues' article in this issue demonstrates that school closure may be an effective strategy for reducing the spread of influenza during pandemics. The editorialist notes that decision makers will need to consider the virulence of future pandemics and weigh the benefits and costs of social distancing to limit the spread of influenza.

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