Swine flu and kids - what's a mom to do? - KMOV.com

Swine flu and kids - what's a mom to do?

Have you heard about this swine flu thing? Apparently it's a big deal these days! Of course, I'm kidding, we've all heard all about the swine flu. News about the swine flu (or H1N1) is EVERYWHERE. I don't know about any of you other moms, but I feel overwhelmed by the amount of information that is circulating about this strain of the flu virus. This has been a popular topic of conversations with some of my mommy friends. How serious is it? Are you worried about Jude (my son) getting it? Will you get Jude vaccinated? Should I get my kids vaccinated? What happens if my kid gets it? What are the symptoms? When should I take my kid to the doctor or the ER? Whew! Let me tell you, honestly...I don't know the answers to these questions and I don't think many of us do. In my experience, there are a lot of moms out there who are worried about it, but they don't really know what to do.

I feel like there is so much swine flu coverage on TV and online, that I'm on information overload and I'm not sure what I will do when it comes to my son's health. I've been disinfecting the house and using a lot of hand sanitizer, but aside from that, I've been confused about what steps to take to protect my family from the swine flu. The swine flu vaccine is now available for children ages 2 and up, but that doesn't help me, the mom of a 1-year-old. And truthfully, I'm not sure if I would let my son get it anyway. Several moms that I've talked say they won't give their kids the vaccine because they think it was rushed into production and maybe not tested enough. Bottom line: Moms are worried, and so am I.

I don't have the answers, I just wanted to see what some of you other moms think. Will you get your kids vaccinated? What if your kids are too young for the vaccine? What are you doing to keep your kids safe from the swine flu? You can leave your comments below or e-mail me: aspriggs@kmov.com

I'm taking my son for his one-year check-up today, so I hope my pediatrician is ready to answer A TON of questions! I'll let you know what he says. In the meantime, here is some info from Web MD.com, maybe it will help you get answers to some of your questions.

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