Sebelius: Closing Schools Wouldn't Ward Off H1N1 Virus

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says officials wouldn't likely be able to stop the spread of the H1N1 flu virus this fall by closing schools.

Appearing on a nationally broadcast interview Tuesday morning, Sebelius said "having children in a learning situation is beneficial" and said that "to do it preemptively doesn't really stop the spread of this disease."

She commented a day after a presidential advisory panel reported a "plausible scenario" that up to half of all Americans could be infected by the virus and that between 30,000 and 90,000 — mostly children and young adults — could die.

Sebelius said one thing Americans should do is make plans to be vaccinated against disease when supplies become available.

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