With flu running rampant across many parts of the United States, a frequently asked question is, “How do you prevent the spread of flu among children?”
Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health are currently investigating how the flu spreads in schools, based on how children interact with each other. And you can help by participating in a brief online survey – no matter your age – and be entered into a weekly drawing for an Amazon or iTunes gift card.
The Social Mixing And Respiratory Transmission in Schools (SMART) study is looking at how the flu and other respiratory diseases are spread in schools by measuring how often children come in contact with each other in and out of school. The researchers will use the data to construct models of school children’s daily interactions so they can develop the most effective preventive measures.
|Shanta Zimmer, M.D.