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Breaking news on Sky - A primary school child has died of swine flu (london)

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poopscoop Mon 13-Jul-09 13:37:01

sad sad

poopscoop Mon 13-Jul-09 13:38:55


PeedOffWithNits Mon 13-Jul-09 13:42:59

any underlying health problems?

hobbgoblin Mon 13-Jul-09 13:45:05

Ugh, dread.

Callisto Mon 13-Jul-09 13:46:18

It's Sky though - not the most reliable news source.

FaceBoak Mon 13-Jul-09 13:48:21

the quality of journalism on sky is shocking.
'He described her death as "sad" '.

poor wee girl.

LynetteScavo Mon 13-Jul-09 13:53:38

I'm wonering if the virus has already mutated. hmm

abraid Mon 13-Jul-09 13:53:55

Agree, FaceBoak. They said the death occurred on Thursday and went on to say it happened 'after' the person with no underlying health problems died on Friday. Erm, Thursday is before Friday, isn't it...?

Hsl500 Mon 13-Jul-09 13:58:58

poor child, rip
thinking of his/her families at this time
hsl x

BigMomma3 Mon 13-Jul-09 14:02:26

I think they meant that this news came out after the news about the man on Friday.

They also say that a post mortem will be carried to see if there were any underlying issues that may have contributed to it. I take it from that, that if there were any her family were not aware sad. In which case it could be another 'healthy' person death. Shit, in that case I am going to start getting worried. Was not before. DD & DSs schools are both infected. Wondering whether to keep them off school for the last few days of term??

Tinker Mon 13-Jul-09 14:04:36

My youngest's school is infected as well but I just don't see how you can avoid this. Or rather, you can delay, maybe, but doubt you can avoid it totally. It is concernng though.

FAQinglovely Mon 13-Jul-09 14:04:47

very sad - but there are always "healthy person" deaths due normal flu seasons as well. With the young and the eldery most at risk.

edam Mon 13-Jul-09 14:04:54

Oh, how desperately sad. Poor family. Sends shudders down your spine, doesn't it?

Tinker Mon 13-Jul-09 14:06:15

I alwasy interpret "young" to be newborns/babies. School age children, you assume, should be strong and healthy.

FAQinglovely Mon 13-Jul-09 14:06:27

shit - should have broken that last post up into 2 paragraphs - they were 2 separate points blush

ScummyMummy Mon 13-Jul-09 14:07:02

hobbgoblin Mon 13-Jul-09 14:11:26

I am really starting to worry now. We've all been exposed at DC school. Doesn't seem much point in keeping them off because it is in the community and we can't become reclusive. So don't want the baby to get it.

Blu Mon 13-Jul-09 14:14:12

I hate the way that 'underlying halth issues' seems to be a re-assurance - an indication that everyone can go 'oh, that's ok then' (in the reporting - I'm not saying that's what MNers do).

It isn't OK. It means that thousands of parents of disabled or vulnerable children, who have happily recovered from a range of childhood illnesses such as colds, flu, cp etc, are terrified that this illness may take thier child.

And from schools I have contact with in London, I think it's being under-reported. I mean, more children have died.

ideasplz Mon 13-Jul-09 14:16:31

i think the vaccination should start by now.

FAQinglovely Mon 13-Jul-09 14:17:06

Blu - do you mean there have actually been more swine flu related deaths than they are saying?

Or that those with all the risk factors that you mentioned are not being made aware that it's more dangerous for them?

ScummyMummy Mon 13-Jul-09 14:26:32


used2bthin Mon 13-Jul-09 14:30:39

Blu I totally agree about the underlying health conditions, my DD has a health condition, she gets the flu vaccine for this reason. So the underlying health condition bit makes me more worried not less. Poor child and family how awful. Is the vaccine likely to be available soon?

yappybluedog Mon 13-Jul-09 14:48:41

I think the 1st lot of vaccine is due end of August

edam Mon 13-Jul-09 14:50:47

Wonder why the UK apparently has the third highest number of confirmed cases in the world, after Mexico and the US?

hobbgoblin Mon 13-Jul-09 14:56:38

and is that [population] proportionately? If not then eek.

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