Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says officials wouldn't likely be able to stop the spread of the swine flu virus this fall by closing schools.
Appearing on a nationally broadcast interview Tuesday morning, Sebelius (seh-BEEL'-yuhs) said "having children in a learning situation is beneficial" and said that "to do it pre-emptively doesn't really stop the spread of this disease."
She commented a day after a presidential advisory panel reported a "plausible scenario" that up to half of all Americans could be infected by the virus and that between 30,000 and 90,000 -- mostly children and young adults -- could die. Sebelius said one thing Americans should do is make plans to be vaccinated against disease when supplies become available.
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