Stop the spread of germs: actions for schools.

Position::Environmental Health-'Net

In few places is the toll taken by influenza more apparent than in the nation's 119,000 schools, which have reported record rates of absenteeism due to flu among students and staff. Influenza is not the only respiratory infection of concern in schools--nearly 22 million school days are lost each year to the common cold alone. With 20 percent of the U.S. population either working at or attending school, the costs of the flu, the common cold, and other respiratory illnesses are great in terms of lost work and school days.

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