Yeah I'll probably piss some people off, so if you are easily offended, stop reading now.
I'm seriously annoyed with the overly dramatic reactions to the whole H1N1 thing. People react based on what they see in the media and unfortunately the media is doing a damned good job of scaring people. H1N1 is NOT more dangerous than any other illness you come in contact with on any other day, week, month, year, or decade. Yes, people are dying, yes that sucks. But they die ALL. THE. TIME. from the regular flu and no one makes a fuss. So what's different about this flu? Nothing. It's something new for the media to report on and it will be months before the novelty wears off. They'll stop reporting on it in a little while and everyone will breathe a sigh of relief, even though it will still be going around, though maybe not as quickly. And then next year it will make it's rounds again, only people will think it's old news and not freak out. Same damn flu, only people will finally realize the world isn't coming to an end.
So here's the scoop. It is VERY rare for a healthy person to die from this flu, just like any other flu. CDC chart about pediatric deaths Notice off to the right...most of the kids had SERIOUS health issues. They didn't die from the flu. They died because their body was already compromised and failed to handle an illness that they would have otherwise been able to sail through unscathed. So where am I going with this rant? You got it....Charlie might have a very difficult time with this flu. She might even die. Hell, she might die tonight from the pneumonia she developed after her cold last week. What bothers me is everyone with the perfect, healthy children are FREAKING OUT going, "Oh poor us, what do we do, what do we do?! I can't stand the thought of my child having to go into the hospital! And I'll just wash our hands 50 times a day...yup that'll do it...wash our hands 50 times a day and maybe get that new shot. We'll be fine, we'll be fine. But what if the shot doesn't work! Oh no! What will we do then!? I heard that a kid at the elementary up the street DIED the other day! What if that's my kid? OMG we're all gonna die!"
This is what ya'll sound like to me. Please EDUCATE yourself before freaking out. Don't use hand sanitizer until your hands crack and bleed. Yes...I've heard of people doing that. Don't stop breastfeeding because you are afraid of passing it through your milk. Yup, heard that one too. Those of you with healthy kids, quit your bitching and freaking, pick yourselves up and go on with your lives. Really. This is NOT the plague. This is an illness that is mild for the vast majority of healthy people. Freaking out over it is like a slap in the face to those of us who ACTUALLY have to deal with the real problems that develop with this flu. YOUR kid has a very small chance of even needing to see a doctor. MY kid could actually die. Yet, I don't freak out. Why is that? Because I realize that this is life. And life goes on. There will always be bigger and badder illnesses (especially if we keep trying to "boost" our immune systems with vaccines and use anti-bacterial soap on *everything*), but LIFE GOES ON. Wash your hands, keep your kids home from school if you must. Don't freak over a mild illness. Heaven forbid any of you ever actually have to deal with real medical problems.
Let the flaming begin. :-/