Parents Consider Holding "H1N1 Parties"
Parents in some U.S. cities are reportedly considering exposing their kids to the H1N1 virus by holding so-called "flu parties." They would increase the risk of exposure by having children gather and try to pick up the H1N1 flu by sharing drinks and not using hand sanitizer.
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#1 Oct 1, 2009
I'm stunned. Why in the world would someone think this is a good idea. I understand the "chicken pox parties" because this is something you get ONCE. But just because you get H1N1 doesn't mean you can't get it again. It's the flu. My entire family had H1N1 back in the spring, and we are not immune to is. Why would someone think you would be immune to the flu just because you get it once. Unbelievable.
#2 Oct 5, 2009
I'm stunned too. I had the chicken pox 55 years ago, and as I recall it was no fun even though you only get it once. I don't understand your thinking. Should you not be trying to AVOID illness as opposed to having a stupid party to try to contract it? This is exactly why I refuse to get flu shots. They contain a small amount of the virus that I'm trying to avoid! Sure, I understand the 'trade-off' of getting a mild case of the flu (with the shot) as opposed to a more severe case (without the shot). But another thing to be factored into the equation is the fact that the shot only affords a 70% chance of you not getting the severe case and almost 100% of getting a mild case. Without the shot you won't get the mild case, but do have the chance of the more severe version. Worse case with the shot is that roughly 30% of those who take it will get both the mild case then later the more severe case.
I'll do like I've been doing for the last 61 years which is NO SHOT for me. If I get the flu, I'll get plenty of rest, liquids, nutrition, and let my body do it's thing. It knows what to do.
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