Protecting Your Kids From Swine Flu

By: Chris Sutter Email
By: Chris Sutter Email

Kisha Parker-Jones' granddaughter has had all the symptoms of Swine Flu at one point or another these past few months.

"It's just scary, real scary, it could lead to death" she explains.

James McCurtis of the Michigan Department of Community Health says the nasal spray should alleviate some of those worries. It was supposed to arrive in Ingham County Tuesday, but it's still no where in sight, so now McCurtis thinks it will get here on Wednesday instead.

Just because it's here though doesn't mean everyone will get it right off the bat.

"We'll be sending it to pediatric offices and to family practice offices," Dr. Dean Sienko of the Ingham Co. Health Department explains.

That's because medical officials believe it's imperative for certain groups of people to get it first.

"We're going to give it to health care workers who take care of people who are sick, so they won't spread it, children so that they can be safe when they go to school, and emergency medical services," McCurtis explains.

So if you're one of those people, health officials recommend getting on the phone with your doctor and setting up an appointment in advance, because they say although Michigan hasn't seen it yet, this virus has killed over 50 kids.


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