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H1N1 or the Common Cold?

Myself, I’ve never been terribly afraid of the flu. What I am more afraid of is trying to tough it out only to later realize that I’ve infected others along the way. So I have to say, I think all the attention around H1N1 is great education for me and people like me. I want to be more cautious now than ever before, especially with my daughter in a child care setting. That said, I also don’t want to keep her home for every little sniffle and cough. We’d be home until next spring if I did that. This CNN story was helpful to me in telling the difference between the common cold and the flu. It’s not rocket science, but it is helpful to hear in plain English.

One comment

  1. Nadia October 28, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    I found this on the CDC website and thought you might be interested;

    "Who will be recommended to receive the 2009 H1N1 vaccine?

    CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has recommended that certain groups of the population receive the 2009 H1N1 vaccine when it first becomes available. These target groups include

    -pregnant women,
    -people who live with or care for children younger than 6 months of age,
    -healthcare and emergency medical services personnel,
    -persons between the ages of 6 months and 24 years old,
    -and people ages of 25 through 64 years of age who are at higher risk for 2009 H1N1 because of chronic health disorders or compromised immune systems."

    This site might also be helpful to you. It's a search engine that helps you find out where to get vaccinated in your neighborhood.

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