Swine flu may have killed area first-grader

There are 11 comments on the Vallejo Times-Herald story from Oct 21, 2009, titled Swine flu may have killed area first-grader. In it, Vallejo Times-Herald reports that:

County health officials are awaiting test results to determine if the death of a Brown's Valley Elementary School first-grade girl this week was caused by the H1N1 virus.

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gogirl

San Rafael, CA

#1 Oct 21, 2009
I really feel for the family of the child who passed. I can't imagine what they are going through. I wish the public health officials wouldn't say the cause of death was unknown, but H1N1 tests are being done, and then in the very next breath say that there is no cause for concern. I personally don't think they would be testing for H1N1 if she hadn't shown any symptoms for it. If they could've told us something about her condition or if she had an underlying problem like asthma or an autoimmune deficiency I would have an easier time making a decision whether to keep my kids at home or not. But with no facts or even clues, how can we be expected to feel safe? Especially since most of our kids are not protected by the vaccine yet.
Cedric

San Bruno, CA

#2 Oct 21, 2009
Sad... however

Shall we put it all into perspective?

-More than 910,000 people in America still die of heart disease, annually. AHA

-About 500,000 people died of cancer, in America, each year. CDC

-Approximately 43,000 people, in America, die each year from vehicle related traffic accidents. NHTSA

-About 36,000 people, in America, die from flu related complications each year. CDC

-17,000, or so, poor souls are victims of homicide, in America, annually. FBI
The Historian

Campbell, CA

#3 Oct 21, 2009
Hold this story until there are test results in hand so that you can report the FACTS.
apples

Napa, CA

#4 Oct 21, 2009
Wow Cedric- Shall we put it in perspective?-this is what you wrote then proceeded with the stats of various deaths...Cedric-think "sensitivity" and work on it if you dare. We really do not expect a healthy young child to die from the flu. It seems wrong-like nature is not playing fair. This is what makes this flu so very different. It is not the usual targets that are dying...the babies and elderly-it is young people who are healthy. SO when a little girl or boy dies-try to think about how you would feel if this was your child. Our society is losing the ability it seems to be empathetic.
at work

Windsor, CA

#5 Oct 21, 2009
Close the schools and open them IF the result is negative! What a load of crap! When H1N1 first started appearing, an expert on the 1918 pandemic was asked what the government could do to make sure this didn't turn out like that one. His answer was "Tell the truth".

The CDC stated that all flu being seen NOW is H1N1. If this child had flu symptoms it WAS H1N1.. PROTECT the other children!!
Sweede

Vallejo, CA

#6 Oct 21, 2009
I am wondering why the DHS head made the announcement about the vaccine today instead of the CDC head? Wrong dept making that statement entirely-what gives?
at work

Windsor, CA

#7 Oct 21, 2009
Sweede wrote:
I am wondering why the DHS head made the announcement about the vaccine today instead of the CDC head? Wrong dept making that statement entirely-what gives?
Our military was first to get the vaccine also. This has the possibility of getting so very bad that it WILL BE a Homeland Security issue! Our hospitals will not be able to handle the number of ill. Cemeteries received questionnaires asking how much room for burial they have. They don't want the public to panic so it is all hush hush. Pay attention.. watch.. listen. They care more about our economy and the effect on it, rather than lives.
apples

Oakland, CA

#8 Oct 22, 2009
at work: Good Day-What you write is scary and there may be a lot of truth in it. I do not trust the truthfullness of what we get to hear from our government-they do not want to scare us or cause panic. So far the strain of the flu has been manageable, but I do believe that the way the school systems are forced to function by having students in their seats to get money- that it is putting the question of money versus safety into question. My spouse recently shared with me that in his country-which would be classified as a "third world country"-that he went to boarding schools-only coming home for holidays and set vacations and that he did not see the spread of the flu like we see here from school to family members to places of employment etc. Sick kids stayed in bed and did not go to school and the illnesses were contained to the schools. Since schools were far from each other it did not spread. So we live in a different society and I am not suggesting we change that but our children are at home and back to school and since children are the number one spreader of this and other infectious diseases by the nature of their behaviors and close proximity with each other-we need to think about how to manage a potentially dangerous strain that could spread incredibly faster than our medical infrastructures could manage it. So be prepared for illness. There is no cure for this flu-you just have to manage it and hope it does not turn into pneumonia and look for those signs of respiratory distress or dehydration. Keep fluids like sprite at home well stocked and have your tylenol ready to keep high fevers in control. To begin with-KEEP the immune system healthy-eat right-take some vitamin c, wash and re-wash hands and get plenty of rest. Pray as well for good health for yourself,family.friends, and country-might as well add the whole world. Anyway- it is critical I feel for the schools to really see how fast children can spread diseases and because this particular strain of flu is affecting healthy children differently than the regular flu-we need to be so very careful and if I had a small child at any school before the vaccine is available-I would keep him or her at home and do a little home schooling with emphasis on really teaching a child to wash hands and cover mouth through role playing games etc. Let us all hope for the best this flu season which has turned into more like a flu year...it is not a normal flu and I do see this ::at work...I am glad you do too.
SayWhat

AOL

#9 Oct 22, 2009
Our heart felt prayers go out to this young girl and to her family our deepest condolence.
Did I Say That Outloud

United States

#10 Oct 22, 2009
To tell the truth about this influenza would start a panic. This is a strain that will become rampant because no one has antibodies against it. While it will not kill every person who contracts it, it will affect the population in large numbers creating an overwhelming demand for medical services, and reducing the workforce to the point it may very well grind everyday work to a halt. When vast numbers are too ill to go to work, offices, schools, stores, warehouses, deliveries, public safety, hospitals, daycare, anything that requires manpower will be adversely impacted. For those that do not become ill themselves they may have children or family members who become ill, the workforce is impacted as those workers become primary caretakers who must stay home. This, I believe, is what the government is most afraid of, it has the potential to create an even greater crisis in our already weak economy. The protocol for how this virus should be handled has changed from mandatory closures to schools can remain open. At what cost is this change?
Vaca Mom To 2

Santa Clara, CA

#11 Oct 22, 2009
There is also no cure for the seasonal flu or the common cold. The elderly die from the seasonal flu every year. What about all of the people who have had it and have recovered just fine. Where is that balanced coverage???? Bring vaccinations back to the schools.

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