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Asthma is 'a factor in paediatric care against H1N1'

Whether a child has asthma is a factor when considering paediatric care against the H1N1 virus, according to an expert.

Dr Floyd Malveaux, executive director of the Merck Childhood Asthma Network (MCAN) and former dean of the college of medicine at Howard University, claimed that it can often be a challenge for youngsters with asthma to stay healthy.

He pointed out that this can especially be a problem due to the H1N1 virus, which can put an asthmatic child in hospital.

The MCAN aims to stop children from missing school quite as much as they are at the moment by offering advice and support to families, so it has partnered with 16 schools in Philadelphia.

Dr Tyra Bryant-Stephens, a co-lead investigator in the Philadelphia MCAN project, said: "Empowering caregivers and children with this knowledge has helped to greatly decrease the school days missed by children.

The virus H1N1 is also known as swine flu and a recent poll by the Harvard School of Public Health showed that only 74 per cent of businesses will be willing to give their staff paid time off to recover from the illness.

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