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School Nurse Shortage Spurs Flu Fears

Posted Aug 13 2009 7:59pm

A USA TODAY analysis of U.S. Census data from 2005 to 2007 suggests that an American school nurse cares, on average, for 971 students. In 13 states, the ratio is more than 2,000 to 1. That falls short of federally recommended standards. It also could leave some schools ill-equipped to deal with the swine flu epidemic when their doors open this fall.

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