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paranoidpatsy Fri 17-Jul-09 08:11:34

DS's school has had it's first swine flu case - in ds' year. We are off on hols (camping, overseas) next Sat. School doesn't finish until next week.

So, would I be shutting barn doors etc to keep him off school (I'll send him back in for his end of term stuff)

I KNOW he's probably going to get it at some point, I know we'll probably be fine .... but I don't want to get it in a tent....

So ... do your worst...

Picante Fri 17-Jul-09 08:15:16

I'd keep him off. It's up to you at the end of the day.. and he's going to miss nothing more than watching a few DVDs and doing wordsearches.

kslatts Fri 17-Jul-09 09:08:21

I wouldn't keep him off, but I do agree that he isn't going to miss much.

What end of term stuff would you be sending him back for? I don't think you can pick and choose what you send him in for, if you don't want him at school because of the risk of him catching swine flu then he should miss everything, I don't think the school would be very understanding if you start sending him in for the things he doesn't want to miss.

swanriver Fri 17-Jul-09 09:22:44

YANBU, (don't think last week of school is v educational)on the other hand, most of the cases in my child's school (confirmed or not) were of the 48 hr variety rather than fullblown week. So even if he gets it, you may find he gets it very mildly.
Meanwhile he may get it from some other source unless you keep him and you locked up or running wild over moors.

OhYouBadBadKitten Fri 17-Jul-09 09:26:27

We are in exactly the same position. I really don't know.... I've informed school that we are making the decision over the weekend. I really really don't want to take it on holiday with us and school is by the far the biggest contact we will have with it at the moment. At the same time, they've worked hard all year and this week is a chance to celebrate and have fun with friends.

swanriver Fri 17-Jul-09 09:30:40

I now think they should have made it optional for people to send their kids to school considering it is so easily caught and passed there. Especially if you are sending in healthy siblings of a swineflu case. If you NEED the childcare of the last week, or if you don't mind your kids catching it or prepared to take risk, well and good. BUT if you really do not want to catch it or give it to others, I think we should be allowed to exercise our judgement and remove our kids for last week[s) of term.
SO YANBU a second time

Sheeta Fri 17-Jul-09 09:32:04

If you're going to keep him off then surely you should keep him off for the end of term stuff too, otherwise there's no point?

sadiemm2 Fri 17-Jul-09 09:41:28

no-one knows the incubation period if this flu yet, or how infectious it really is, so either keep him off for the rest of term entirely...or just send him in for the whole time. We have broken up already, just as the flu was hitting the local schools, so feel lucky! Ask the school if it will be recorded as authorised or unauthorised absence if you do decide to keep him off.


OhYouBadBadKitten Fri 17-Jul-09 09:43:27

Sheeta - thats very true. We are thinking the last 3 days of term so that if she gets it she'll display symptoms before we set off.

swanriver - I completely agree. Our school have not even informed parents, not even people I know with asthmatic children. I had heard lots of rumours so I specifically asked with regards to my asthmatic child.

I expect a lot of tourist areas would rather that we were given the choice too. I can't imagine how large campsites/hotels will cope with a rapidly spreading outbreak of flu.

OhYouBadBadKitten Fri 17-Jul-09 09:46:26

Incubation in the range 1-7 days, with 2-5 days more likely.

TsarChasm Fri 17-Jul-09 09:51:49

We're in pretty much the same situation. Worrying isn't it?sad

And will we all lose money on our holidays if we're ill? Dh says I worry about things before they happen, but I can't help it!<chews nails then remembers to keep fingers out of mouth>

I have earmarked a couple of free weeks in September when it's convenient for us to get this (if we must). That's all I can spare, sorry Mr Swine Flu. Just sod off and leave everyone alone!sad

OhYouBadBadKitten Fri 17-Jul-09 09:58:01

Have you got insurance Tsar?
Its silly, I'm pretty practical about getting the flu, but I just feel a bit out of control with regards to the holiday. I do rather like to be in control.

I've done a few things to help reassure me. Have checked with our insurance. Am packing a flu survival kit, including bucket and disinfectant. Lots of meds, extra inhalers. I've been reassured here that the campsite will have the number of the local doctor.

So just this decision to make. Just don't know if its silly or sensible.

Might take her in on the Monday, I've promised dds teacher a morning of help so I'll have a pretty good idea of the situation.

TsarChasm Fri 17-Jul-09 10:05:32

Ooh not sure. We're only camping in UK. Will ask dh.

I mentioned about swine flu but he just got snappy and said stop worrying <worries anyway>

But if it's not swine flu, I start fretting about the weather (well you do if you're camping don't you?!) so I'm not surprised I got that reaction from him really blush He thinks I flap.

I like to know what's coming too. I make lists fgs, tick things off...and having flu isn't on it!

OhYouBadBadKitten Fri 17-Jul-09 10:12:15

lol - we sound similar.

One of the things that concerns me is that if one of us gets it we won't be able to just go home cos of the ferry.

Have wondered about the eurostar (is that the driving one?) Does anyone know if you can just turn up without a booking? Can you stay in your car? That way we could get home if it were just dd.

OhYouBadBadKitten Fri 17-Jul-09 10:16:33

Have just looked it up (tis Eurotunnel silly me)
You can just turn up and get on the next one and you do stay with your car.

Hooray! So as long as its not dh that gets it we have a quick getaway route.
<feels better>

TsarChasm Fri 17-Jul-09 10:19:47

Well done's good to have a contingency plan or two up your sleeve.

Now for a feeble rousing chorus of 'Always Look on the Bright Side of Life..' to keep our spirits up <swigs Lemsip from hip flask>.

OhYouBadBadKitten Fri 17-Jul-09 10:31:09

Lemsip? I'm going for a preventative whiskey! grin

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