H1N1

What Do You Think About the Flu?

By Katie Kern, mom of two elementary school kids and a healthcare communications expert for the Colorado Immunization Program Wow, what a year. H1N1, or swine flu, raised its ugly oinking head and made many of us parents pretty scared. It seems so long ago that world health officials declared the 2009 H1N1 flu a pandemic and many parents worried about what was on the horizon. Beginning last summer, we saw camps closing and kids being sent home after flu outbreaks. Then as school started, we saw the number of H1N1 cases rise forcing some schools to close. We taught our kids (and ourselves) the great art of washing hands, sneezing into our sleeves and using hand sanitizer like it was going out of style. Many of us rushed to get our seasonal flu vaccinations and then waited, not so patiently,...

Parents’ Ten Most Frequently Asked Questions about H1N1 Flu

Experts at The Children’s Hospital Answer Parents’ Ten Most Frequently Asked Questions about H1N1 Flu 1. Does my child have H1N1 flu? The classic symptoms of H1N1 are a fever with a cough and a sore throat. If your child has flu symptoms and H1N1 is widespread in the community, he or she probably has H1N1. Your child doesn’t need any special tests to reach this conclusion. Currently only patients who need hospitalization are tested. If your child has a sore throat with a fever and doesn’t develop a cough, he or she may need to be checked for Strep throat. 2. How can I make my child feel better? The treatment of H1N1 depends on your child’s main symptoms. To open a blocked nose, use a nasal wash with saline. For a cough, use one to two teaspoons of honey (do not use for children under one y...

Questions and Answers for Moms about H1N1

By Dr. Keren Call, pediatrician and board member of the Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition Swine flu. H1N1. Scary stuff right? I don’t know about you, but I’m seeing a lot of information about H1N1, sometimes called swine flu, every day – on TV, on the internet, in the newspaper. Moms have lots of questions about how to prevent H1N1, how safe the vaccine will be, and how can they best protect their family. With the development of the H1N1 flu strain, the biggest thing to remember is not to panic. There is a lot of news and headlines preparing us for the WORST CASE SCENARIO. The predictions on infection rates are just that, predictions. The constant stream of information can be scary, but it is unknown what will really happen with the spread of H1N1 this flu season. The good news is...