Parents Concerned about Swine Flu

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

Area classrooms are filled with more empty desks as some parents are keeping their kids home in fear of swine flu.

Clinical psychologist, Dr. Ryan May says it's each parents decision on how they wish to handle the H1N1 virus.

However, he says there is a difference between concern and fear.

Dr. May agrees with a CDC spokesperson who says, "the best anecdote for fear is information."

"If parents actually read or listened to the entire story and actually looked at what the risks were, chances are many folks would make the decision that it's something to be concerned about, but probably not something to be overly anxious and worried about," Dr. May said.

While some parents worry about their children getting the swine flu, others are more concerned about the vaccination.

Dr. May says a little research is the best thing parents can do in either case.

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  • by concerned on Oct 9, 2009 at 09:53 PM
    I would like to know what the schools are doing to disinfect keyboards at the schools; this is a place for many germs, and I doubt they are disinfected. How many different students use one keyboard in a day?
  • by Anonymous on Oct 9, 2009 at 12:30 PM
    it's just the flu, people need to get over it and stop fearing nature. you are only guaranteed one thing in this life: one day you will die. stop fearing life and start living it. also, the human body comes equipped with an immune system, don't be scared to give it something to do because a bored immune system will lead you to death faster than anything
  • by Worthington Mom Location: Parkersburg on Oct 8, 2009 at 11:06 PM
    A swab test in a doctor's office CANNOT diagnose swine flu. Doctors must send samples to the state to diagnose swine flu, which could take a few days or weeks. There are doctors that are diagnosing swine flu with no confirmation, which is scaring people. On the other hand, there are many, many diagnoses of influenza A which could be yet-to-be-confirmed swine flu too. Many people die of other strains of influenza and their effects with little to no publicity. Swine flu is relatively new so people have had little exposure and therefore little natural resistance to it, making it easier to contract. Treatment is the same as most other viruses - fluids, rest, anti-fever medication, etc. The key is prevention. Parents should never send a sick child to school but in these tough economic times, no work=no pay and perhaps no job, which is appalling for the greatest country in the world. The schools may not readily volunteer information to avoid panic with uninformed parents.
  • by Teresa Location: Mineralwells on Oct 8, 2009 at 05:00 PM
    I was told today by two TEACHERS from Parkersburg South of at least two positive cases of the swine flu in the school just this week. I received a letter saying how this was going to be monitored daily, yet one ofthe kids showed up in class vomiting and tested positive. Why are parents sending their kids to school sick!!! If I have to keep mine home just because of parents who don't have sense enough to keep sick kids home, how is that fair? But that is what it's coming too. I don't feel we are being truthfully informed. Letters and/or calls should have been made to PSHS parents informing them of the positive testing and then letting us decide what to do with our children.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 8, 2009 at 03:10 PM
    I'd like more information out of the school system on how many kids are reporting having the flu now, teachers too.
  • by me on Oct 8, 2009 at 01:05 PM
    try to "google" the virus and the vaccine. I have and you would find a wealth of information online. Am I "worried" about swine flu? A little, but reading up about it online has really lowered my "fear" or whatever about it.
  • by Charles Location: Mtta on Oct 8, 2009 at 01:02 PM
    It's all part of the 'FREE' healthcare. In case no one realizes it. Free for some, is paid for by people that have jobs. All of the President's friends and family won't mind chipping in, but only after a few waves of deaths. Of course, unemployed and welfare people won't get the vaccine, nor afford treatment, so after they all die, there will be better care for those that are left, and whole lot less people on unemployment, or in the cheese line. Everyone should realize. Rich people always protect what they have. You can't trust a rich democrat anymore than a rich republican. All we are doing is moving cash from one special interest group, to another one. Sure, we hated the bible thumping GOP, but watch how much more we will all suffer without any morals to hold them back.
  • by me on Oct 7, 2009 at 10:09 PM
    a little research would be great if the gov would release the whole story, instead of downplaying the threat, and telling the real number of people sick with the flu and the real number of deaths.. yeah trust them, right.
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