The new school absentees reporting system for pandemic influenza A/H1N1 2009 infection in Japan

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Objective: To evaluate the new Japanese School Absentees Reporting System for Infectious Disease (SARSID) for pandemic influenza A/H1N1 2009 infection in comparison with the National epidemiological Surveillance of Infectious Disease (NESID). Methods: We used data of 53,223 students (97.7%) in Takamatsu city Japan. Data regarding school absentees in SARSID was compared with that in NESID from Oct 13, 2009 to Jan 12, 2010. Results: Similar trends were observed both in SARSID and NESID. However, the epidemic trend for influenza in SARSID was thought to be more sensitive than that in NESID. Conclusion: The epidemic trend for influenza among school-aged children could be easily and rapidly assessed by SARSID compared to NESID. SARSID might be useful for detecting the epidemic trend of influenza. © 2012 Suzue et al.

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Suzue, T., Hoshikawa, Y., Nishihara, S., Fujikawa, A., Miyatake, N., Sakano, N., … Hirao, T. (2012). The new school absentees reporting system for pandemic influenza A/H1N1 2009 infection in Japan. PLoS ONE, 7(2). https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0030639

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