h1n1-Keep my babies out of school? HELP!

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h1n1-Keep my babies out of school? HELP!
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Sun, 10-25-2009 - 3:27pm

Hi everyone - this is an important question I just had to get all of your feedback on as the H1N1 flu has hit my hometown. This happened while we were on vacation in FL (I live in CT) and now I'm really really nervous to send Autumn to preschool, and my 1 year old (who just started daycare part time in Sept) because I am scared that they will come in contact. There were 217 middle school-aged children out on Friday.

I have been torn about getting them the vaccine - but my instinct is telling me to get it for them. Autumn has had the flu shot since she was a baby, and did fine with it, so I expect Brady to do the same. BUT now that Autumn is three, she has to get the kind with thimerosol in it because they give that to patients 3 and up. That in itself makes me nervous!! I am going to see if I can request her to get the mercury free kind - but not sure how far I will get.

Anyway, should I keep them out of school until they are vaccinated?? What would you do?? I am very nervous. You know it's a scary world when a mother has to make such decisions. I'm not a negative-minded person (I always try to see the bright side of things) but this is scaring me to no end!

P.S. Sorry for the old siggy - haven't posted in awhile and really need to get a new one!

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Registered: 01-06-2005
Sun, 10-25-2009 - 3:45pm

EEek to all those kids being out! Though ... while we've not had any H1N1 at our school - there have been TONS of kids out for various sickness - so there's a multitude of viruses going around. So, it all might not be H1N1, KWIM?

I'm set on not getting the H1N1 vax .. we all did get our seasonal one. However .. if it started getting close to us .. then I might reconsider. It's such a hard decision and one that I HATE having to make?

I don't think I'd pull them out .. but if you DO have the option to and they are at school more for convenience/learning etc ... then perhaps?

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Registered: 05-15-2003
Sun, 10-25-2009 - 4:38pm

Hi Sandra! Thanks so much for your thoughts on this! I work for myself - run a business and work for a PR firm as an independent contractor, so I am able to work from home. I had Brady home with me until he was a yea, at which point it was becoming very hard to work at home with him. With my job I am handling multiple accounts and it is very demanding. If I slip on work, I could lose clients for my business, and the awesome PR job I do have. But OF COURSE my babies are FAR more important.
I'm going to get their regular flu shots as a start, and then call in the morning both her preschool (she is part of an excellent program that takes many precautions but still nervous!) and Brady's daycare to inquire about what actions are being taken, and if they would recommend me keeping them home for a bit. But flu season runs all fall/winter, so what would that help? I'm going to call their ped and the schools tomorrow so I hopefully will have more answers!

Any and all other advice/opinions welcome! Thanks again Sandra, hugs!

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Registered: 04-19-2005
Sun, 10-25-2009 - 4:44pm

Karissa,

I am worried like you and have not decided on the Vax's yet, we see our ped on Thursday so we will see then what he has to say...My husband is an elementary school teacher so we will have plenty of exposure from him and daycare.. I have even considered not going to the appt as it is a 4 month well baby visit and they don't have separate waiting rooms or patient rooms so I don't want to contract something while there... and the baby is doing great and healthy.. anyway...

I don't know whether to keep them home or not but even if you do get the H1N1 vax it takes 2 weeks for them to get full immunity and I think that our AD's would need 2 (1 about 4 weeks after the first) of the H1N1's to be immune also, I could be wrong on this part though.

All that to say I don't know or have any advice but know that if you decide to keep them home it could potentially be quite a while before full immunity is reached!

Great to see you post again... those babies are always precious to see :)




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Registered: 05-25-2006
Sun, 10-25-2009 - 7:55pm

Karissa,

We went through something like this in May. H1N1 hit our area super hard, there were lots of school closings, and while L's school wasn't closed, students at her school had older siblings at schools that were. We ended up taking her out for about a week, we combined using my Mom with us each taking a day or so off. Everything probably would have been fine, but it was nice to avoid all that worrying.

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Registered: 07-25-2006
Sun, 10-25-2009 - 8:12pm

Okay, here are my thoughts on the subject, take them or leave them...


I would never, ever keep my kids out of school because I was afraid they *might* get sick.


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Registered: 05-24-2003
Sun, 10-25-2009 - 9:58pm

With you being at WDW last week, you were probably just as likely to be exposed there as at school.

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Registered: 10-20-2006
Sun, 10-25-2009 - 10:09pm

Hey Karissa!

I posted to you on FB about this - while I agree that its crazy to keep your kids out of school for an illness they *may* contract (they would never go!) (and dont forget, exposure BUILDS immunity! Those kids whose parents keep them in a bubble are the sickest, IMO!) being you are just off of vacation Im thinking they may be a little run down and sleep schedules may be off - so you may want to keep them home a day or 2 just to get them back on schedule. Their best defense against the flu is proper hygiene (hand washing) and eating well and sleeping well to keep their immune systems strong.

You already know my opinion regarding any kind of flu vax, so I really dont want to start a debate here because it is ultimately your decision and you have to do what you feel is best for your family - but I really just needed to comment on the "mercury" or ethyl mercury" or any OTHER kind of mercury for that matter not being a big concern. Thimerosal is a neurotoxic chemical that can cause the destruction of brain cells. (and since when is my child's body lacking this substance, anyway?!?!?) Just because it *may* clear the system (remember, everyone's system is delicate and different) does not mean it does absolutely no damage in its path. Its toxic. Period.

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Sun, 10-25-2009 - 10:46pm
There is H1N1 going around both of my kids schools, and I still send them everyday. Over half the kids in Michael's class were out a few weeks ago for an entire week. I think if you are going to keep them home, you would also need to avoid the grocery store, restaurants, church, and every other public place you make go because the germs are everywhere. Your DH could also bring it home form work, and I bet he isn't willing to stay home either. I think schools and daycares tend to be extra vigilant about cleaning and hand washing, and watching for signs of illness in the kids.
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Registered: 08-16-2005
Mon, 10-26-2009 - 7:59am

I am a nervous wreck over H1N1, but I think it is a very personal decision.


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Registered: 05-15-2003
Mon, 10-26-2009 - 8:42am

Good morning everyone!

Thank you all so much for your very very helpful feedback. What would moms do without each other??

I decided to keep the kids home just for the extra day (today) now that we are back from vacation. I think their bodies need that extra day of rest, and they're getting back into their routine. I DID schedule flu shots for them tomorrow (2 pm). I just want to take the extra precaution...like I said Autumn has had flu shots in the past and has done fine - so I pray Brady does the same. I will only get Autumn the shot if they can give her the mercury-free kind - that still makes me the most nervous. I also am loading up on Vitamin D - which is proven to be effective at preventing and treating the flu.

Thanks again everyone - and may everyone stay healthy and happy this flu season! (And always!)

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