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Glennd  (Level: 24.3 - Posts: 5)
Fri, 15th May '09 4:07 PM


I am an 8th grader at Nathaniel Hawthorne Junior High School in Bayside, New York. A high number of students in my school were out sick today. Later in the day, they announced that my school will be closed for at least a week. This really scares me. Over 10 kids in my class were out sick. I might have the flu!

1mks  (Level: 221.2 - Posts: 5932)
Fri, 15th May '09 5:28 PM

Think positive. You will be fine. Try not to worry. Take care of yourself. Keep in touch.

Godwit  (Level: 81.8 - Posts: 435)
Fri, 15th May '09 5:48 PM

Yes, don't panic. Take the steps you have heard recommended over and over. Stay at home, rest, drink fluids, watch for that high fever, be sure your parents are aware of your health, and call the doctor and go to the doctor if you need to.

Remember we know what this flu is, we know what to do if someone has it, we know what to do so we don't spread it around, so the best thing to do is follow the recommendations and take very good care of yourself, okay?

Tell your friends to do the same. There is no need to panic if you have the right information, and you act smart.

If you find you are not sick, this is a great time to catch up on your homework or surprise your mom by cleaning up your room. As well as get ahead on your quiz scores! Stay at home until you are sure you don't spread the flu.

It's great you stopped by. My mom lives in Canada and they have just closed some schools there too as the flu has just arrived and is causing some serious illness. So you are right, it is still important to take it seriously. But no need to panic.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Fri, 15th May '09 6:56 PM

We had several in our district who had swine flu. They were all well before it was even confirmed that was what they had. People who have been hit the hardest are people who have other health issues. So even if you have it, don't worry. Follow what your doctor says exactly!

And yeah, finals are coming up soon, so a little studying would be great. But have some fun too! I did while my school was out for 5 days.

Our district had some tutoring classes shown on TV for our students.

Bigbird  (Level: 250.6 - Posts: 3353)
Fri, 15th May '09 7:02 PM

Hey Glenn - I taught at 67 for many, many, many years. I've heard on the news that 74 has a number of cases, and I certainly know that they closed 3 schools in Queens yesterday. You need to remember that the Assistant Principal at 238 was a very unusual case. Most folks who get this flu recover in just a few days. Did you hear the Health Commissioner's press conference today? I thought he was very reassuring.

Just don't hang around friends who seem ill, and remember to keep washing your hands. It really does make a difference.

Nanpaulhus  (Level: 144.9 - Posts: 354)
Fri, 15th May '09 7:24 PM

Three cheers to Florence Nightengale. Washing hand is still the number one way to keep away the bad guys. (Germs, I mean).

Thanks for updating us, it's always nice to know first-hand experiences, but I agree with the posts above. Keep healthy right now. Eat right, sleep enough, wash your hands. Wash your fruit too before you eat it. All the old fashioned stuff is better than getting the flu and needing the new cure. :D

M48ortal  (Level: 263.7 - Posts: 3850)
Fri, 15th May '09 7:29 PM

In the Spanish Influenza outbreak of 1918, there were actually two outbreaks. The one in the Spring was fairly mild, however, the next one came during the Fall and killed millions. The people who had survived the Spring flu had some immunity to the Fall strain. In our rural area, we mapped the local cemeteries so we could mark veterans' graves, and we found that in almost every cemetery that began before 1918, there were more deaths in 1918 than in any other single year. Having learned from this, our government is preparing for another outbreak by developing two vaccines for next season instead of one.

Take sensible precautions. Don't tax your immune system. If you are in the danger group, get immunized. Wash your hands often and use hand sanitizer, but not one that is heavily scented - you could set off someones allergies. Cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough. Don't share drinks, food, lip-balm, cell-phones, chewed gum, dip or snuff with your classmates. Ewww! If you're a Sploofus member, you're smart enough that you don't need most of my suggestions. Just stay home while school is dismissed and work on your Sploofus ranking.

Bigmama60  (Level: 95.2 - Posts: 6644)
Fri, 15th May '09 8:06 PM

You'll do just fine as everyone has told you. Don't tax your immune system by creating an additional stressor on your body. Enjoy you time, study, read a good book, watch tv, or do whatever you do to take it easy.

The key to infection control is hand washing. Also, if you don't have acess to a place for handwashing carry a hand sanitizer with you.
You'll be fine; don't worry

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