Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Duncan and Sebelius Announce Swine Flu Guidance for Educators

Up to 90,000 people could die of swine flu --twice the number who die of regular flu every year -- and children are more susceptible. One of the most important things to battle the spread of the flu is to keep sick kids at home. But how many parents will do that? Employers ought to make a concerted effort to inform workers that if they have sick kids, they should stay home. Employers should also pay them while they're caring for their kids, but I suppose that's asking for too much.

Seems to me that if we truly did have an epidemic, our health care system wouldn't be ready to battle it for the simple reason that millions of people don't have health insurance. Read more on swine flu here.

Today, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius released recommendations for preventing the spread of the flu for schools. Read those recommendations here.