Study finds K-5th grade school absence numbers can predict influenza case volumes (03 September 2021)

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Published 03 September 2021

A recently published study by a team including PHDL staff member David Galloway found that K-5th grade absences in several Allegheny County school districts predicted the volume of influenza cases in Allegheny County.  This offers collecting K-5th grade absence statistics as an additional method of predicting and monitoring influenza cases.

This study, Predicting virologically confirmed influenza using school absences in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA during the 2007-2015 influenza seasons, has been published in the Wiley Online Library.