The key to stopping a flu pandemic may lie in schoolchildren.
At school, kids are close together, they don't practice the best hygiene, and they help germs spread like pollen in spring. At home, they do the same with their families.
Giving them the best available vaccine at the earliest sign of a major epidemic might fend off a deadly pandemic, say two of the nation's most prominent influenza researchers, newly arrived at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
"A lot of people believe kids are the best transmitters of the virus, and with a limited supply of vaccine, this might work," said Elizabeth Halloran, who has studied epidemics for decades. Source : The Seattle Times