CDC says closing schools ineffective against flu - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/4/09

CDC says closing schools ineffective against flu

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Scientists now believe the swine flu may be no worse than the regular flu we get every year.

The government says, though, that more Americans will get sick, there will be more deaths, and there is the potential of a worldwide pandemic. Every year in the U.S., about 200,000 people are hospitalized with the flu and about 36,000 of them die. As bad as that is, government scientists say they are thrilled that this swine flu does not have the same characteristics as the 1918 flu virus that killed 50 million people. 

The CDC is discussing whether to change its recommendations for schools. Dr. Richard Besser, of the CDC, says, "Closing schools as a means of NOT letting it spread thru community isn't effective".  That information comes too late for some school districts, even in Texas, that have already shut down. Fort Worth ISD said last week that schools will close until May 11th and, today, Corpus Christi announced it will close schools until the 14th. So far, nearly 300 Americans are sick in 36 states, but no flu has been reported in Lubbock yet.

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