Rates of influenza-like illness and winter school breaks, Chile, 2004-2010

Gerardo Chowell, Sherry Towers, Cécile Viboud, Rodrigo Fuentes, Viviana Sotomayor

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To determine effects of school breaks on influenza virus transmission in the Southern Hemisphere, we analyzed 2004-2010 influenza-like-illness surveillance data from Chile. Winter breaks were significantly associated with a two-thirds temporary incidence reduction among schoolchildren, which supports use of school closure to temporarily reduce illness, especially among schoolchildren, in the Southern Hemisphere.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1203-1207
Number of pages5
JournalEmerging Infectious Diseases
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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