New study questions whether children are main culprits of flu epidemic

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From CNN.com:  According to a new study, it turns out that your kids may not be the main culprits spreading the flu bug.

It might be you.

The study, published in the journal, Science, suggests that working adults are more to blame for the flu's spread across the United States, based on the latest analysis of seasonal flu patterns.  Cecile Viboud of the National Institutes of Health headed up a team in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania who studied 30 years of influenza data.  The team found "the regional spread of infection correlates more closely with rates of movement of people to and from their workplaces (workflows) than with geographical distance."

The study also confirmed that fastidious hand-washing is shown to greatly reduce the spread of influenza.

(Thanks to lim for the tip!)

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