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ERIC Number: ED505143
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Sep
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Pandemic Flu: A Planning Guide for Educators
US Department of Education
An influenza (flu) pandemic is a global outbreak of disease that occurs when a new flu virus appears that can spread easily from person to person. Although it is difficult to predict when the next influenza pandemic will occur or how severe it will be, effects can be lessened if preparations are made ahead of time. The illness rates for both seasonal and pandemic influenza are high among children, and schools are likely to be an important contributor to the spread of influenza in a community. Scientific models support school closure as an effective means of reducing overall illness rates within communities and suggest that the value of this intervention is greatest if school closure occurs early in the course of a community outbreak. Differences between seasonal and pandemic (both mild/moderate and severe) flu are described, measures to limit spread are presented, basic components of pandemic planning are outlined, and an action planning template provided.
US Department of Education. Available from: ED Pubs. P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398. Tel: 877-433-7827; Fax: 301-470-1244; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Education (ED)
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A