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swine flu should I panic?

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2shoes Tue 14-Jul-09 11:23:13

dd's school have there first suspected case.
the chool is staying open, so I will continue to send her(they have doctors and nurses on site) and we have cancelled visiting MIL as a precaution as she is old and infirm.
so come on how much should I panic??

trace2 Tue 14-Jul-09 11:31:52

i wouldn't take her tbh but thats me i watched a long news on it last night scared me silly! we went to a wedding on sat and found out yesterday my niece hubby as it am scared for my dad and Chloe getting it,

hes quiet a fit strong man buts hes very ill with it!

2shoes Tue 14-Jul-09 11:36:09

thing is she would have been contact with it, as it it isn't a big school and we had a big mixed event last friday.

sphil Tue 14-Jul-09 11:43:19

I have same concerns as the special school that DS2 spends some time at each week have 7 suspected cases (all staff atm). Dr told me to send him to school but to ring him at first signs of illness, however mild (DS2 is asthmatic and was hospitalised for last two bouts).

DS2 definitely not himself atm - see my other thread - but has no apparent symptoms of swine flu whatsoever However, I'm still worried blush. He cant tell me what hurts, so I probably wouldn't know if he had a sore throat, for example.

anonandlikeit Tue 14-Jul-09 11:44:12

Hi 2shoes, I have suspected swine flu (they are no longer testing) & have been given tamiflu.
I am concerned for the dc especially ds2 who is more vulnerable.
I have been told tamiflu is very effective only if given early (tbh I feel a bit better already) they key is to watch for early symptoms & treat quickly.

I would still send to school but watch closely as I am sure the school will.

sphil Tue 14-Jul-09 12:01:27

Hope you recover quickly Anon! That is reassuring as it is basically the same advice as I've been given by Dr. - not to ignore early mild symptoms.

2shoes Tue 14-Jul-09 12:05:48

The school are going to send home advice, as our dc's are a bit different from the norm iynwim. I do hope the child concerned is ok.
Oh I wish she could talk, how will I know if she has the symptoms??

anonandlikeit Tue 14-Jul-09 12:16:02

Watch for a temperature, shivers, etc.
I ahve ahd an awful sore throat & achy muscles as well.

I'm not sure what ds2 would tell us tbh, i'm just hoping he shows visable symptoms. I did ask for tamiflu for him as a preventative measure but was told No.

2shoes Tue 14-Jul-09 12:23:40

I thought they gave everyone it when there was a suspected case.

anonandlikeit Tue 14-Jul-09 12:29:23

No, according to our gp, the advice is changing daily but yesterday it was only to give to those with symptoms.

cjones2979 Tue 14-Jul-09 12:53:57

DS1 came home from school with a letter at the end of last week to say they have had their first suspected case of swine flu.

I have sent him to school so far.

However, on Sunday I had a scratchy throat & started to cough and by sunday evening my nose was streaming & I was a bit achy too. I felt awful when I woke up yesterday, but tbh it did just feel like a bad cold as I didn't have a fever or anything.

I called my GP as have been panicked by this whole swine flu thing, plus DS2 is only 10 months old, DH is asthmatic & DS1 has ASD so couldn't tell me if he felt unwell.

GP didn't seem overly worried because I didn't have a temperature, but he prescribed me some antibiotics and co-codamol and didn't ask me to come and see him.

I feel a bit silly for panicking, but it's so scary !!

2shoes Tue 14-Jul-09 12:55:36

i wonder if different gp's are reacting differently.

cjones2979 Tue 14-Jul-09 16:22:09

Thing is, on TV they are telling us to contact our GP's with any symptoms regardless of how severe, yet when you do, you are made to feel a bit silly.

A friend of mine was given tamiflu, but wasn't confirmed as the GP wouldn't do the swab test. He told her that the NHS can't afford to swab everyone who shows symptoms because its becoming too "common", yet he handed out tamiflu !!!
Surely it's better to swab to see if it really is swine flu before handing out the drugs so that we don't run out when people really need it?!?!?

PeachyTheRiverParrettHarlot Tue 14-Jul-09 16:38:34

DS3's school ahs an infected aprent and my irst reaction was eeeeeek (more for ds4 than ds3 who afaik isnt at any increased risk)

TBH vewry very H, I wouldnt send her 2shoes.Am not given to scare stories but its the end of term and I cant see the point tbh of risking it with a vulnerable child.

AIBU to have thought thank God 2 of them have asd so are lesslikely to have managed to contract it? what we call here the nits phenomenon- far less risk if your kid wont go near anyone else anyway

2shoes Tue 14-Jul-09 17:27:18

just found out a parent might have it....guess who i sat next to in a SMALL car last friday.......oops
peachy she will be best off at school, if she was to go down with it, they would be able to get the tamiflu quicker. they have everything there.(and it is respite tomorow)
oh she is fine at the momenet

PeachyTheRiverParrettHarlot Tue 14-Jul-09 18:33:32

That's not too bad then, i'dworry as obv ds3's school doesnt have medical staff and he wouldnt be likely to tell them if something was up- remember the internal stitched with no anaesthetic and no sign of pain incident? <<shudder>>

However- the boys ahd a really ansty thing a few weeks back, ds4 was really quite ill, and I wrote off as unrelated as no resp. symptoms. Found out after there is a checklist and the boys ticked more than enough to qualify as probably but not including resp. SO do wonder if we've ahd it but who knows?

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