Effects of school closure on incidence of pandemic influenza in Alberta, Canada
- Correspondence to Dr Beatrice Downie, ST2, Hillingdon Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Pield Heath Road, Uxbridge, Middlesex UB8 3NN, UK;
This study uses data from the influenza pandemic in Alberta, Canada in 2009 to investigate whether incidence and transmission are affected by weather changes and school closure.
During a 9-month period 35, 510 influenza tests were performed in Alberta, of which 19% tested positive for pandemic H1N1 (pH1N1). Using mathematical transmission modelling, …