Evidence-Based Tool for Triggering School Closures during Influenza Outbreaks, Japan
Hoen, Anne Gatewood
Brownstein, John S.
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Citation (published version)Sasaki, Asami, Anne Gatewood Hoen, Al Ozonoff, Hiroshi Suzuki, Naohito Tanabe, Nao Seki, Reiko Saito, John S. Brownstein. "Evidence-based Tool for Triggering School Closures during Influenza Outbreaks, Japan" 15(11): 1841-1843. (2009)
Guidelines available to school administrators to support school closure decisions during influenza outbreaks are usually not evidence-based. Using empirical data on absentee rates of elementary school students in Japan, we developed a simple and practical algorithm for determining the optimal timing of school closures for control of influenza outbreaks.