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Parents Turn to Swine Flu Parties Before the Vaccine

Will Your Tot Be Attending a Swine Flu Party?

Is swine flu the gift that keeps on giving? While at the park the other day, I overheard a few moms chatting about the recent announcement that the FDA approved the swine flu vaccine. The mamas were debating whether or not they were going to be vaccinating their children and one woman shocked me with an unusual way that she was planning on keeping her lil one protected.

To find out her idea, just

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She proudly announced that she wants her child to get the swine flu and that she would take him to an H1N1 party if she could find one. I heard of such parties back when the swine flu hit mainstream media, but I didn't think anyone would actually consider attending one. And in case you missed it, an H1N1 party is where folks seek out the milder version of the H1N1 virus by coming into contact with someone who has the 2009 version of the flu. People are fearing the potentially mutated and more deadly strain of the virus.

The Centers for Disease Control recommends against attending or holding such parties as it's impossible to tell how the flu will affect each person, especially children. Furthermore, if someone has the virus they are urged to limit contact with other people.

I'm going to stick to teaching my tots about good hygiene and handwashing, but what do you think? Are H1N1 parties a good idea?

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Nadia24gv Nadia24gv 6 years
8:32, you are right. It isn't a new vaccine, it is the same one but with a new virus in it. And the GBS everyone is so scared of? You can get it from a regular flu shot as well. I am pregnant, have a 3 year old and my husband works at a school. We will all be getting one. I just wish they were ready!
Smacks83 Smacks83 6 years
Didn't they use to do this with Chicken pox?
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