Swine Flu Freaking Moms Out

Thursday, Apr 30, 2009 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (2)

swine flu3.jpgMy best friend is a mom of a small baby boy and a 2-year-old girl living on 125th Street in Manhattan. She just wrote me that she wasn’t freaked out about swine flu until the New York Times reported a case at the teachers college at Columbia University yesterday. “It’s directly across the street from us,” she says.
Chandra Turner (that’s her) is mostly worried for her young baby who doesn’t yet have a strong immune system. Her mother, head of an infectious disease department at a hospital in Louisville, Kentucky, offered to send her surgical masks. Chandra’s not ready to put one on yet, but she does say she’s concerned when she rides the 7 train everyday.
Another Montclair mom is being proactive. Her kids aren’t attending school until she feels more comfortable about their safety….

Meanwhile, West Orange mom Betsy Stephens is getting nervous. She’s flying to her home state of Texas with her baby and toddler in a month. So far, Betsy will be traveling as scheduled much like Baristanet mom Annette Batson just did.
Yesterday, Montclair public schools sent another flyer home with students on swine flu prevention. So far, their site reassures us that no cases have been reported in Montclair. But any child with flu-like symptoms is being sent home for 24 to 48 hours. Montclair BOE Information Coordinator Laura Federico told me they’re keeping the website up-to-date, so be sure to check it often.
Meanwhile, I’m washing my hands even more than usual as we go about our days. Mostly, I’m just keeping my fingers–and piggies–crossed.
Are you more–or less–concerned about swine flu?


  1. POSTED BY bloomfielder  |  April 30, 2009 @ 2:02 pm

    36,000 deaths per year in the U.S. from seasonal flu
    400,000+ deaths per year in the U.S. from smoking
    40,000 deaths per year in the U.S. from auto accidents
    1 death so far in the U.S. from swine flu
    I’m paying attention to the news on this, but not panicking…
    There’s an interesting discussion on WNYC right now on the Leonard Lopate show about this very issue:
    (the MP3 of the segment/show should be posted later today)

  2. POSTED BY Chandra Turner  |  May 01, 2009 @ 2:07 pm

    Hi Chandra here. I actually live on 121st Street (but really who cares?). Anyhoo. There’s this cool website for kids that i love that teaches them about hygiene, not spreading flu. It’s called germy wormy (so cute, huh?): http://www.germywormy.com. Enjoy!

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