H1N1 Update: Flu Cases Expected to Rise with Start of School — Physician’s First Watch

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July 20, 2009

H1N1 Update: Flu Cases Expected to Rise with Start of School

Cases of novel influenza A (H1N1) are expected to increase in the fall — "perhaps earlier than what we see with seasonal influenza" — Dr. Anne Schuchat said at a CDC press briefing on Friday. She added that "every year in the fall, there's an increase in respiratory illness, not just influenza, when kids go back to school and people get back together and the germs [are] getting shared."

The CDC will update its guidance for schools, according to Dr. Schuchat.

In addition, at the end of July, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices will meet to decide which populations should be targeted for vaccination. At that time, the ACIP will also discuss whether it is appropriate to plan for managing a possibly limited vaccine supply.

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Eduardo J. Quinteros

In Argentina,after two weecks of strong flu cases spreads outside the first area in the Country with H1N1 virus circulation(Buenos Aires and metropolitan area) , wee saw a remarkable declination in new cases when a new mitigation behavior was begun:that´s include a generalized treatment of all flu patients but also social distancing(including closed school before or after the ussual winter holidays).Now we can see what will occur when the schools will open in the next weeck and the weeck after this weeck in diferents Provinces

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