Stories about: swine flu vaccine

H1N1 (swine flu) weekly update: Dec. 1- 8

fluDec9Here are this week’s H1N1 updates from the HealthMap team of the Children’s Hospital Informatics Program.

  • The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that “Disease activity has peaked and is declining in North America and has either recently peaked or is currently peaking in much of western and northern Europe.” In other good news, WHO also reports no signs of widespread resistance to Tamiflu.
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This week on Thrive: Nov. 16 – 20

Here’s a quick look at what Thrive was up to last week.

A son tells his story of how he got to know his father because of advances in epilepsy medication. More and more teens are infected with STDs. Uninsured trauma victims are more likely to die of their injuries. Is there a rise of violence in girls’ sports? Massachusetts takes action on school bullying. The HealthMap team gives its weekly H1N1 update. Children’s Claire McCarthy, MD, talks about how childhood stress can lead to adult depression. Our Mediatrician puts Michael Jackson’s dance moves in perspective and we get a firsthand account of how Thrive editor Matt Cyr and his family survived the swine flu.

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Health headlines: Fearless toddlers, Viagra for kids and Santa wants his vaccine

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A new study says your child is more likely to become a criminal if they don’t have good fear conditioning. Pediatricians are ordering Viagra for children with heart defects.

A new report says too much food, not a lack of exercise, is to blame for teen obesity, and researchers find that toddlers and obese kids suffer the most from secondhand smoke.

More kids’ lives are saved as the cost of child vaccines fall and Santa says he wants his H1N1 vaccine too.

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My family's story: surviving swine flu – with triplets

Thanks to H1N1, Halloween came on November 15 for the Cyr triplets
Thanks to H1N1, Halloween came on November 15 for the Lord and Ladies of the Cyr household

My wife, Sara, and I are the proud parents of newly minted 4-year-old triplets, and this fall we just haven’t been able to get healthy in our house. We get over one illness and another one crops up a week later. Fevers come and go. Coughs are incessant. Headaches bloom and recede. It’s been never-ending.

So none of us was feeling particularly well on the Thursday before Halloween when Sara called me at work and told me she had spiked a fever. We weren’t sure it was H1N1, but working in the Public Affairs Department here at Children’s Hospital Boston, I spend much of my time communicating about swine flu, so I know fever is one of the bellwether symptoms. Alarm bells started going off in my head because, unfortunately, like the rest of the poor, huddled masses, the Cyrs were waiting for the H1N1 vaccine to be made available.

As soon as I got home from work, I shuttled Sara off to her parents’ house and called my parents to come help me with the kids. The next day was relatively quiet; Sara was miserable but quarantined (and, frankly, enjoying the room service and uninterrupted silence), and the kids and I were doing OK.

Then came Saturday, October 31.

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