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Prisons show prophylaxis for close contacts may indeed help in next flu pandemic

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 15 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:173
  1. Niyi Awofeso (, conjoint associate professor of public health
  1. University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, Population Health Unit, NSW Corrections Health Service, PO Box 150, NSW 2036, Australia

    EDITOR—Balicer et al's editorial on tackling the next influenza pandemic highlights the potential of chemoprophylaxis of close contacts in managing community based influenza pandemics.1 One setting in which such a strategy shows promise is prisons.

    The influenza epidemic in San Quentin prison in April and May 1918, …

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