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Preparing for Flu Season


Supposedly it’s supposed to be a bad flu season this year – especially for the swine flu.  If you’ve watched the news over the past few months you’ve probably heard that children with weak immune systems are especially at risk with swine flu and most deaths occur because of already weakened immune systems or other health issues (mostly in older people or children).

This has made my husband and I extremely wary facing this coming flu season and RSV Season.  Our girl is almost three but we know her lungs and immune system are still weak.  What lengths do we need to go to in order to protect her from danger this winter?  Can we take her to church as long as we isolate her from children?  Will she be safe around crowds of adults (kids aren’t the only ones who spread germs, adults are often too careless and continue attending classes, work, and church when they’re ill).  I’m also very nervous about my husband catching swine flu at his work because illnesses spread in his office like wildfire.  Most of what he catches infects our whole family over the next couple of weeks – and it all could have been prevented if one person had chosen wisely (and courteously!) and stayed home from work until they were well.  I am so disgusted by people who are selfish enough to go out in public when they are contagiously ill!

Like I’ve mentioned before, just when you think your preemie baby problems are over, they’re not.  I want to be sure that my girl has good social experiences, I want her to have fun, and I want her to learn good behavior and respect for others as she watches us interact with others, but most of all I want her to be healthy and safe.

I guess it’s time to prepare for another season of partial quarantine.  Time to gather ideas of fun activities to do together inside, time to figure out how to give her educational, social, spiritual, and physical experiences in our home, and time to arrange schedules and priorities with my husband so that one of us will always be able to keep our preemie toddler from the public.

It’s that time again!  What are you planning to do to protect your preemie this coming flu and RSV season?

Afton Mower About Afton Mower

After Mower (UT) lost her firstborn son at 21 weeks.  Her daughter was born a year and a half later at 27 weeks.  The NICU was overwhelming and isolating and it was through those two experiences she was led to found this social hub for parents to find the support they needed. Afton also gave birth to another daughter, born two days overdue after four months of strict bedrest. She believes it is a tender experience to hold a special baby in your arms when his spirit returns to his heavenly home, a miracle to watch tiny babies survive the risks of prematurity and a blessing to hold a healthy full-term baby after months of difficulty and sacrifices.


  1. We hear ya, we are gearing up as well for another LONG winter and flu season. It’s hard but we know it’s totally worth it! Halle will start getting her synagis shots in a few weeks, poor girl, but it seemed to do the trick last year, so we are definatly continuing with it this year. Good luck with your little one!


    (Oct 9, 09)

  3. I agree. We had a real fight on our hands when Dawson first came home in November last year, right before ALL the holidays. This year we thought we were scott free. All shots caught up. Had both swine flu vaccinations AND the RSV shot. Once again he got sick. This is the second time after his RSV shot that he got symptoms of RSV. Back on the… See More nebulizer and this time we had to use a cortecosteroid. I am resorting back to quarantine for the rest of the season. We are also waiting to hear back about any possibility of him having a reaction to the Synagis. That would be about our luck! After fighting the insurance company for 2 months and finally finding a Pediatrician…he would be the 1 in 1,000!

    (Dec 28, 09)

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