Ack!! We need a Care section.

So, how worried should we be about swine flu and our boys? Especially those of us living near documented cases. I admit I haven't read a whole lot about it, so am not sure of how bad it can be.

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There's a suspected case in Minnesota now. The CDC has to confirm it, but as a precaution a couple of schools have been closed. I'm wondering too why the cases outside of Mexico seem to be milder. Is the difference in the overall health of the population, access to health care or is there a stronger strain floating around Mexico? I guess that's what they're trying to determine right now.
The sanitary conditions is the obvious answer, but there is another explanation that makes some sense. Flu outbreaks are rare in Mexico, so many people have probably not been exposed to any type A strains. In the U.S., we have developed a partial immunity to parts of the virus, so this mutated from isn't as debilitating to us.

Tapio said:
There's a suspected case in Minnesota now. The CDC has to confirm it, but as a precaution a couple of schools have been closed. I'm wondering too why the cases outside of Mexico seem to be milder. Is the difference in the overall health of the population, access to health care or is there a stronger strain floating around Mexico? I guess that's what they're trying to determine right now.
I hadn't thought of that before, what you said, Jerry, about Mexico not having much experience with flu therefore the resistance is down. Good point. I was thinking perhaps fewer deaths here in the US is because we do have better care or because we are just getting hit by swine and maybe (god forbid) deaths will be coming a little later. I sure hope you are right.


Jerry Dallapè said:
The sanitary conditions is the obvious answer, but there is another explanation that makes some sense. Flu outbreaks are rare in Mexico, so many people have probably not been exposed to any type A strains. In the U.S., we have developed a partial immunity to parts of the virus, so this mutated from isn't as debilitating to us.

Tapio said:
There's a suspected case in Minnesota now. The CDC has to confirm it, but as a precaution a couple of schools have been closed. I'm wondering too why the cases outside of Mexico seem to be milder. Is the difference in the overall health of the population, access to health care or is there a stronger strain floating around Mexico? I guess that's what they're trying to determine right now.
I too, was wondering why people in Mexico were dying and Americans were not. The National News said these are the reasons: 1. Poor air pollution, most resident have lung issues and 2. poor diet. Their bodies are not strong enough to fight off this disease. I am not sure how accurate this is, but it seemed to make sense to me.

Thanks.
I live 60 miles east of Dallas, a 23month old baby in Dallas has died and it was confirmed it was swine flu. I think its is the first reported us death. Alot of school in Texas have shut down, and all school sporting and academic events have been cancelled until May 11.

--Samantha
The case in my county was confirmed today by the CDC as the swine flu. I heard about the baby in TX on the news - tragic. Hopefully they can get this under control soon. They just closed a school district in the metro Detroit area for the rest of the week as a precaution. A boy from it has the flu and was in Mexico over spring break. They are testing him now to see.
The baby who died in Texas was actually from Houston, and he was from Mexico...however the cases in Dallas and surrounding areas are on the rise and more and more schools are shutting down by the day.

---Samantha
Latest CDC update on precautions to take against influenza:

What You Can Do to Stay Healthy
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Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people.
Take everyday actions to stay healthy.
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Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
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Follow public health advice regarding school closures, avoiding crowds and other social distancing measures.
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They're closing about a dozen more schools tomorrow here in the metro Detroit area. 20 more suspected cases. I think they said one was confirmed. One of the schools is only about 10 miles from our house. At what point do we keep our boys home? When they get a case in their school? And then, what about thier siblings? How badly would this strain of the flu affect them, especially with their immune systems compromised already?
Good questions Karen, just the ones I expected to ask the nurse at DrFlanigan's office when I called last week. They still haven't called me back re:swine recommendations. When they do I'll let you know what they say if you wish.

Schools are closing here in SoCal too. Until I hear back from Flanigan's office I plan to check the local news twice daily to see where it goes and how badly the cases are, (CDC is ok too but never gives the latest local status), I have spoken to the school teachers and principal to make sure to alert us right away, then take both boys out if there is even a possible case or a school nearby closes. If I have to arrange to keep up on lessons from home it will be better than getting sick.

Jerry's previous description of the medications they recommend for swine convinced me to attempt to avoid it at all cost.



Karen Barnett said:
They're closing about a dozen more schools tomorrow here in the metro Detroit area. 20 more suspected cases. I think they said one was confirmed. One of the schools is only about 10 miles from our house. At what point do we keep our boys home? When they get a case in their school? And then, what about thier siblings? How badly would this strain of the flu affect them, especially with their immune systems compromised already?
So one of my best friends in home quaratined with the swine flu. She is pretty sick, but recovering. She said that the tough part about it is that the secretions are very thick in the nose, eyes, and throat, so for our boys, who lack respiratory strength, it seems like a recipe for pneumonia.

A little rant, on the side. She called me while still feverish, asking to go for a run the following day. First of all - crazy! Second of all, I am very tired of people in my life who are so careless about exposing my family to serious illness like this. And she's a doctor! I get that others aren't as worried about this kind of thing, but it can be catastrophic for our boys, and I'm so tired of explaining that to people and having them make me feel paranoid. OK, enough of my rant.

One othe question - I heard that Tamiflu had terrible side effects, and that in Japan, they though it was linked to sudden death in children?
I could be wrong, but aren't our boys supposed to stay away from Tamiflu? I thought it had a "live" flu virus in it. Please correct me if I am wrong.

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