Refusing to swab those with flu symptom

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Registered: 04-28-2007
Refusing to swab those with flu symptom
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Fri, 10-23-2009 - 6:18pm

So, I there is a "virus" going around my kids' schools right now. My friend/neighbor's kids both are vomiting, fevers (102+)etc. Very flu like symptoms. I suggested she have her kids swabbed so she knows if it's H1N1 or not. "Oh nooooo," says the ped; "they don't appear flu like to me at all."

And they in essence refused to swab the kids. The conspiracist in me thinks by refusing to swab these kids, when the vaccine (eventually) becomes available they will push it on these poor kids that obviously had some sort of flu like virus, but no proof it was H1N1! Thus, shots all 'round....and not the good kind that comes with jello;)

My oldest has been coughing a bit the last few days, the minute it look flu like, off to get swabbed he goes. Then we will know he is done and fully antibodied.

Dee

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Registered: 06-16-2009
Tue, 10-27-2009 - 3:29am

I was really hoping you would answer my question about why you were trying to reduce the fever.

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Registered: 11-17-2007
Tue, 10-27-2009 - 6:16am
My son is exhibiting flu symptoms too and the doc refused to swab him, claiming the test is inaccurate. He said he is just treating all the kids with these symptoms as the flu and he prescribed tamiflu and antibiotics. My son is prone to bronchitis/pneumonia cuz he is asthmatic. Meanwhile, MY own drs office told me they didnt have any supplies to do testing, and they had no idea how long the incubation period is for this flu, either. Nice!!!! When i initially called my drs office, the receptionist didnt even know if they were testing. She was like, "Huh? What?" nor did they know the incubation period... neither did the pharmacist.
Does anyone know? I was in contact with a LOT of my friends fri nite. All i could tell them was i may have potentially exposed them, because no one seems to know the answer.
My son started in with the symptoms sat nite.


Edited 10/27/2009 6:17 am ET by emscemily
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Registered: 03-12-2005
Tue, 10-27-2009 - 7:13am
I hope you don't mind my weighting in here.
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Registered: 05-18-2005
Tue, 10-27-2009 - 8:33am

Our pediatrician complained this summer that the state medical authorities were refusing to accept their statistics on H1N1 cases seen in their practice, purportedly to avoid triggering greater hype and panic.

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Registered: 02-20-2006
Tue, 10-27-2009 - 5:32pm
Here, the professors have actually been told to send students home who are exhibiting flu symptoms.
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Registered: 10-20-2006
Wed, 10-28-2009 - 10:47am
Just wanted to chime in - 2 of my friend's children have had the flu (and recovered completely). In both cases, the ped did NOT swab but just rather went by all the tell-tale symptoms. Its my understanding that they are not swabbing because the treatment is NO different regarding flu or H1N1 - its just fluids, rest, tylenol....
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Registered: 06-24-2008
Wed, 10-28-2009 - 11:40am

If H1N1 is confirmed they also prescribe tamiflu.

If not confirmed .. or for all other seasonal viral infections .. do they "prescribe" hydration, rest and tylenol.




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Registered: 10-20-2006
Wed, 10-28-2009 - 12:57pm
They only prescribe tamiflu if its within the first 24-48 hours of symptoms - otherwise its useless and most will not give it.
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Registered: 06-16-2009
Wed, 10-28-2009 - 1:45pm
The CDC does not recommend the routine prescription of Tamiflu.

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Registered: 03-25-2004
Wed, 10-28-2009 - 2:38pm
Sorry, I don't think they should be handing out Tamiflu based on symptoms.
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