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Should I Take My Toddler to a Swine Flu Party?


Question: Should I Take My Toddler to a Swine Flu Party?
Answer: Much like chicken pox parties where parents of a sick child invite friends over for lollipops and sharing of sippy cups and pacifiers, some parents are having swine flu parties. Should you intentionally try to expose your toddler to the virus in this way? The CDC says absolutely not. "While the disease seen in the current novel H1N1 flu outbreak has been mild for many people, it has been severe and even fatal for others. There is no way to predict with certainty what the outcome will be for an individual or, equally important, for others to whom the intentionally infected person may spread the virus."

As a child under 5, the risk of complication is already higher for your toddler. The best course of action is to practice swine flu prevention measures and get the H1N1 vaccine instead.

Health officials in Canada and the United Kingdom have also weighed in and agree that swine flu parties are a bad idea and should be avoided.

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