Tuesday, August 4, 2009
The pune teen who died recently turned out to be the class mate of my nieces' neighbour. This bit of news was frightening.
Till now with no known instance of a death related to swine flu - the danger never really concerned us. 10 days ago when the elder1 was down with fever and body pain - it never even occurred to have her checked for swine flu, and neither did the doctor suggest anything of that sought - the most we feared was chikungunya.
But, this latest bit of news has set the alarm bells ringing.
As parents , What are we supposed to do. What precautions can we take. Easily, children are the most vulnerable section as they have lesser resistance, plus , they come in contact with a lot many other children.
Do we refrain from sending them to school ? Especially considering that the current weather is ideal for the spread of flu's and colds.
To start with I am trying to keep myself fully informed about what to look for in the symptoms and just plain being vigilant. The good part is that it is curable - provided if detected early. The bad part is that most of its symptoms are very similar to the symptoms of other common flus.
Here a few links on the pandemic :
2. Indian preperations
3. wikipedia - Asia