Swine flu at school

@maximax8 (27954)
United Kingdom
July 7, 2009 2:21am CST
My oldest son is 14 years old and he is in Year 9. My sister's oldest son is 12 years old and he is in Year 7. A boy in Year 8 has got swine flu. The school hasn't been closed and my son still has to go there. I feel really worried. I have a young baby that is not yet a couple of weeks old. I am unwell myself after losing 2 and a half liters of blood after my baby girl was born. The hospital said it will take me six weeks to get better. Would you go where there has been a case of swine flu? What do you think about the school making its pupils attend at such a worrying time?
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18 responses
@alicia812 (648)
• Australia
7 Jul 09
Hi maximax. I sincerely hope you and your family are well. I think it would be better to ring the school and tell them about your concern. I far as I know, not only here in Australia but in the Philippines which is my homecountry, schools are obliged to close for few weeks when there are students infected by the swine flu virus. Then they just re-open the school when the kids are already well and quarantined. If the school will not give you the response that you need or action which you think is proper for them to do, you can contact the Health Department in your State as well as the Education Department to make sure that you get the answer to your concerns. Hope you are recovering from your blood loss and baby is well and happy.
• Australia
9 Jul 09
Hi Piscesmoon. I was thinking of the news I have heard several weeks ago about the schools in Brisbane and another State closing. Now, I got an update from you, thanks. When it's really winter time there are lots of kids catching the common flu virus. But even if it's the common flu virus, even in daycare, parents are advised to keep their kids at home until well so as not to infect other kids. Take care.
@sid556 (31006)
• United States
16 Jul 09
Most that I've talked to compare the swine flu to any other flu if the person is basically healthy. I really don't know. I understand that you have a small baby at home and also that you yourself are not well and therefore have more to be concerned about maybe. I think that if I were you, I'd call my doctor and explain the situation and find out what your risks are and take his/her advice.
@meyows (438)
• India
16 Jul 09
The school should take care about their pupils closing the school as the swine flu should not spread fast.
@ronaldinu (12445)
• Malta
8 Jul 09
I would follow the health department orders and not to worry unnecessarily. If you are so over preoccupied about your situation of having a newly born and yourself who may still be a bit weak, I would consult my general practitioner and seek his advice. In my area no school has been closed yet and normal activities have been going on as usual. However a break of about 10 cases were related to the same village festa.
• United States
8 Jul 09
Personally, I wouldn't go where there has been a case of swine flu... they need to disinfect the school, safe enough for people to enter again. The more someone catches it, the faster it will spread. I think it's absurd the school is making its pupils to attend the school when its not safe to be in the school when it has positive influenza germs on doorknobs, desks, everywhere.
@aseretdd (13709)
• Philippines
8 Jul 09
Well, if the school did not suspend classes... i think i would not send my son there for a couple of weeks... and write a letter to the teacher and even the principal as to the reason for his absence... since you just had a baby... you have to take all the necessary measure to protect your whole family from this dreaded disease... and a couple of days absence will not really affect your sons education that much... i always believe that prevention is more important than cure...
@frinces (419)
• Philippines
8 Jul 09
There are countries wherein swine flu is very contagious and their government already declared to suspend classes in their schools. Here in our country, though we don't consider the said flu as a dreadly disease, our department of health still declares no classes on some schools affected.
• India
8 Jul 09
In india swine flu cases are very little. we are not afriding for the swine flu desige. If you want to regain blood you should take fruits as food.
• Japan
7 Jul 09
They should shut it down. Swine Flu is actually stronger against younger people because they don't have a built up immune system.
@angelsmummy (1700)
7 Jul 09
I had to go to the doctors today and was informed that 2 schools near me have a reported case of swine flu and I am really worried as my daughter is only one and I am 7 and a half months pregnant with my second and I am so worried for our safety! I really dont want to get any more ill than I already am. i dont think they are closing the schools whicb is the really worrying thing. When the epidemic started I was in London at the time and a school near where we was staying had one confirmed case and they closed the school so its making me wonder why they arent closiung other schools the government needs to do something about this!
@nannacroc (4049)
7 Jul 09
In this area they are still closing the schools for deep cleaning for a few days before allowing the children back. As swine flu has been mild in most healthy people who have had it, I would normally say not to worry. In your circumstances it may be wise to keep your son of and contact the school to explain that both you and your baby are very vulnerabal and you feel your families health may be compromised if your son attends school at present. Take care.
7 Jul 09
I read that because they now have vaccinations to give out they will just treat people as and when and even if people catch it if they are given the medication for it they will be fine - maybe this is why they are not stopping pupils attending? However with a young baby at home maybe they will make allowances? x
7 Jul 09
Hi max, i would let them go to school until it is safe as you hae a good case, you have a baby and you are not well, write them a letter. Tamara
@AmbiePam (48672)
• United States
7 Jul 09
Oh dear. With you so sick and especially with a baby, I would be extremely concerned about sending him to school. Is there any way he could get his work and do it at home? I am just thinking about how when I have a cold, I never go near a lady in my church because she is pregnant. I'll say hi, but I don't go close to her. It's too dangerous since she is carrying a baby. And now that you have a newborn...wow, that is a lot to carry on your shoulders.
@jemifer (124)
• Philippines
7 Jul 09
As to what I've heard in the news, the doctors are saying that swine flu is not really that dangerous and is similar to ordinary flu. It's just dangerous for people who have other ailments and may have complications with their heart or other sensitive organs. It's okay for me to go to a swine flu infected area because here in our place there are also cases of that both in school and in the neighborhood. We just take Vitamin C a day and boost our immune system with milk and other nutritious food. I would really recommend fern-c vitamin if you have it there in your place because that's what we took when we found out the 3 classmates of my younger brother were infected.
@marguicha (92070)
• Chile
7 Jul 09
Hi Maxine, Can´t you just not send your son to school for a week or so? You can very well explain that you need his help in the house as you can´t do everything. And of course neither you nor the baby should get near someone who might get the flu. The school board should do something. Please tell me what you decided and how you are getting on. Hug
@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
7 Jul 09
I think any responsible parent should ring the school and voice their disapproval, and advise the school that their child/children won't be attending school for at least ten days. I would be rinning other parents and telling them of your decision. Tell them to ring their friends, and ask everyone to call the school. If enough parents ring the school will eventually get the message. You need to thing of yourself, and your newborn at a time like this, max. If I were you, I definitely wouldn't send my boy to school, the risk is too great.
@preethaanju (3000)
• India
7 Jul 09
Viruses dont know whether he is in a school or home or theatre .It all appears same to him.It is we who have to take evasive action(precaution) when he seems heading towards us