From Ebola to the infectious diseases that pose more common threats, what can U.S. schools do to take precautions to promote good health? APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin, MD, discusses how schools can take a risk-based approach to protect students and staff against health threats in a commentary published today in Education Week

Traditionally, this is a time of year many teachers and school administrators dread: cold and flu season. The sniffles and sneezes can wreak havoc on attendance, classroom instruction, and student achievement—and pose significant health threats to those exposed.

While preventing the spread of influenza should be a top health priority, there is another infectious disease that’s causing greater concern in the United States these days: Ebola. With news of the first-ever confirmed cases diagnosed in the United States, media reporting, speculation, and a real lack of understanding of the risks have fueled fears.

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