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Infectious Diseases - Pediatrics and Child Health - Public Health and Epidemiology

The New School Absentees Reporting System for Pandemic Influenza A/H1N1 2009 Infection in Japan
Published: Friday, February 17, 2012
Author: Takeshi Suzue et al.

by Takeshi Suzue, Yoichi Hoshikawa, Shuzo Nishihara, Ai Fujikawa, Nobuyuki Miyatake, Noriko Sakano, Takeshi Yoda, Akira Yoshioka, Tomohiro Hirao

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.

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