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Useful Resources: School Monitoring and Preventing Fraud

December 4, 2009

Tuesday''s post this week focused on biosurveillance for schools, businesses, and healthcare facilities. The Southwest Center for Advanced Public Practice (APC) has created an effective way of collecting information from schools and is seeing rising rates of response from their region. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Education, in collaboration with state and local health and education agencies and national non-governmental organizations, have implemented a nationwide school dismissal monitoring system.

This system, featured on NACCHO''s H1N1 resources page, generates highly-accurate national summary data daily on the number of school dismissals and the number of impacted students and teachers. The latest update shows that—cumulatively—1,905 schools have closed impacting 618,121 students and 40,074 teachers from Aug. 3 to Dec. 3 of this year. 

A tool designed for preventing fraud is also featured on NACCHO''s resource page. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has created a fraudulent products widget that can be posted on Web sites, in order to inform consumers about misleading products on the market. 

The FDA first warned about such products in May of this year and has been tracking them down since then, building a long list of 2009 H1N1 fraudulent products.

Instructions on installing the widget are available on the FDA Web site.

Do you have any other useful tools or resources to share? Please comment below, or visit NACCHO''s Toolbox.


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