For crying out loud people!
Parents Throwing Swine Flu Parties
Doctors Warn The Parties Are Extremely Harmful
September 4, 2009
ST. LOUIS, MO - It isn't a trend exactly sweeping the nation, but some parents are throwing "Swine Flu" parties so their children will intentionally be exposed to the illness. Doctors warn parents these parties can be extremely harmful to children. Some parents say they believe if their kids are exposed to the H1N1 strain early, they'll only come down with a more mild case. Doctors at Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center say it's a bad idea.
Infectious Disease Specialist, Doctor Dennis O'Connor says he doesn't understand why people would want to have such a party. "Intentionally exposing your child to the virus has no medical benefit at all."
Doctors say it also comes with dangers and could mean your child becomes more ill. Dr. O'Connor says how sick you become depends on how many of the viruses you are exposed to.
Medical professionals say the best way to avoid H1N1 is to continually wash your hands. Alcohol based hand sanitizers are also very effective.
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Parents Throwing Swine Flu Parties - KSTU