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Closing schools may not stop flu from spreading

April 30, 2009
Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Closing schools won't necessarily stop the spread of swine flu.

What about the younger sister in a private day care center? And how to keep teens who are sent home from getting together at the mall or at each other's houses?

Closing schools is not to be taken lightly.

"It's not just about the schools," explained Kim Elliott, deputy director of Trust for America's Health, an independent public health organization. "If a community is thinking about closing schools, they're also probably thinking about closing day care centers. And children also depend on schools for a lot of services other than education, including lunch programs and after-school care."

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