Swine Flu, H1N1 and Developmental Disablities

News reports indicate that about 500 persons have died in the US after contracting the H1N1 flu or Swine Flu.  It is particularly troubling to learn that, of the approximately 115 children who have died, 2/3 had underlying health problems including chronic illness or developmental disability such as muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy or development delay.  Children and persons with these underlying problems have a higher priority to receive the flu vaccine and are urged to consider vaccination. 

Of course, any person who shows signs of fever or other flu symptoms should promptly see their physician to be properly checked for this particularly dangerous flu.  Treatment within 48 hours or two days of showing flu symptoms can hasten full and fast recovery.

There are plenty of news articles and information about Swine flu or H1N1 flu including a website established by the government to keep citizens updated,  http://www.flu.gov/    This site includes a section specifically for caregivers, http://www.flu.gov/individualfamily/caregivers/index.html

 Please take extra care to protect yourself and loved ones during this flu  season.


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