Flu and you -- Tell us your stories
Anxiously awaiting my kids' turn to be vaccinated against H1N1 influenza, I've been reading every bit of flu news I can find. Of course, it's mostly the big numbers and worst cases that make the news. But anecdotal evidence -- stories from friends whose kids have fallen ill--suggests that this wave of influenza produces quite a varied range of illness, from mild fevers easily beaten back with Tylenol to week-long ordeals that leave kids too wiped out even to watch TV.
"On Parenting" blogger Brian Reid wrote earlier this week about the challenge of keeping a sick kid occupied while he or she rides out the flu. But he didn't go into lots of detail about the duration or severity of his child's illness (which, thankfully, seems to be waning).
I'd like to hear more about what's really going on out there in the influenza trenches. Have you, your kid or someone you know had the flu this season? What was it like? Did the virus spread like wildfire through the family? Everybody feeling better now?
And while we're at it, let's take a poll.
Jennifer LaRue Huget
October 29, 2009; 7:00 AM ET
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