I found so many great stories I wanted to share with you last night that I decided to do a round-up today. (I know it’s supposed to be Fun Friday, but there are too many important things to talk about!)
From Swine Flu advice to parents to advice for parents who have lost their jobs to advice for parents sending their teens away to college, these are 10 great stories you shouldn’t miss.
So let’s start with the Swine Flu of course! The ladies couldn’t stop talking about it yesterday at the elementary school and the preschool. Although our school nurse is pretty calm about it.
This story from veteran Associated Press health writer Lauran Neergaard made me feel so much better! I saw this number — 90,000 people dying from Swine Flu this fall — on CNN a few nights ago and was ready to start homeschooling! But Mrs. Neergaard got to the bottom of that scary number. Here’s what she writes:
“Government health officials are urging people not to panic over estimates of 90,000 people dying from swine flu this fall. ‘Everything we’ve seen in the U.S. and everything we’ve seen around the world suggests we won’t see that kind of number if the virus doesn’t change,’ said Dr. Thomas Frieden, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”
“While the swine flu seems quite easy to catch, it so far hasn’t been more deadly than the flu strains seen every fall and winter – many people have only mild illness. And close genetic tracking of the new virus as it circled the globe over the last five months so far has shown no sign that it’s mutating to become more virulent.”
“On Monday the White House released a report from a group of presidential advisers that included a scenario where anywhere from 30 percent to half of the population could catch what doctors call the “2009 H1N1″ flu, and death possibilities ranged from 30,000 to 90,000. In a regular flu season, up to 20 percent of the population is infected and 36,000 die.”
” ‘We don’t think that’s the most likely scenario,’ CDC flu specialist Dr. Anne Schuchat said of the presidential advisers’ high-end tally.”
More Swine Flu news:
The Associated Press reports: “In the words of Tina Johnson of the American College of Nurse-Midwives: ‘By not getting the flu yourself, you are going to protect your children better.’ ”
“Dr. Anne Schuchat of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said at a briefing Thursday that women of any trimester should get the vaccine.”
I’m shocked they are saying to get the shot even in the first trimester. You never hear that.
From The Washington Post: “The first swine flu precaution that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests for parents: As soon as a vaccine is available, try to get it for everyone in your family.”
In other news:
From WebMD: “Teens who witness their parents tie one on are more likely to get drunk than teens who never see their parents imbibe, according to survey results released Wednesday at a news conference in Washington, D.C.”
“Researchers from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) of Columbia University in New York City polled 1,000 teens aged 12 to 17 and 452 of their parents about their attitudes on alcohol and drug use.”
“Of children who have one or more drink a month, 2/3 will get drunk at least once a month. ‘For most kids, just drinking also means getting drunk regularly; and we care about that for a lot of reasons, including driving accidents, risky sexual behavior, and assaults,’ says Elizabeth Planet, vice president and director of special projects at CASA.”
In financial news:
This story was very good giving parents a list of things they need to be clear on with their teen before, or shortly after, they leave for college.
Random, yet interesting, story news: