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New guidelines issued for Swine Flu as school year begins
(NBC News) - The Centers for Disease Control has issued new guidelines aimed at preventing the spread of H1N1 swine flu among young children who might be more at risk than adults when the expected outbreak strikes in the fall.
The daycare protocol urges caretakers to check children's temperature when they arrive.
Preschoolers who aren't sick can stay.
When four teenagers from a Minnesota 4-H group visiting the state fair recently came down with swine flu more than 100 were sent home.
For reasons not yet known, adolescents seem more at risk for death from H1N1.
Meanwhile, officials hope the outbreak can be tracked using the web. Maryland, a center of H1N1 research, is a leader in the online effort.
166 cases have been reported there so far, along with seven deaths.
Swine flu is also infecting the health care debate. The incoming American Medical Association president says the outbreak will expose the problem of America's uninsured.
"We're going to see that those 46 million people out there are not going to be able to get the care they need," said Dr. Ardis Hoven. "We're going to do everything possible to make sure that they do but I think that it is going to, if you will, if you knock the scab off of the problem we've got in this country."
In the next few weeks, more web sites will go up to encourage people who catch swine flu to report their infection so the outbreak can be tracked day-by-day.