It’s fascinating how children are handling the threat of Swine flu.

I spoke to eight or ten of them this morning as they waiting for their school bus outside my house. They weren’t shy on sharing their strong opinions on how to avoid getting sick.

Drawing by Stephen Templeton Art Director/Cartoonist for flatheadbeacon.com

Drawing by Stephen Templeton Art Director/Cartoonist for flatheadbeacon.com

“I don’t touch anybody or anything or let anybody touch me,” said one youngster, and then quickly backed up to prevent his friends who heard the comment from touching him.

“Stay away from pigs. They started all this you know,” said a young woman in the fourth-grade, smarter than her years.  “You never want to eat them,” she added, paused for a moment and asked “Does bacon count?”

Talking about sneezing into the crook of their arms generated an immediate chorus of “Gross,” “Eeeew,” and “Yuckee.”

“So you have snot all over your clothes all day. How bad is that?” asked a girl.

A fifth-grade boy said he was puzzled: “My mom used to scream at me for wiping snot on my sleeve. Now she yells when I don’t. What’s up with this?” he asked.

Several reached into their pockets or backpacks to show me their little bottles of antibiotic lotion or spray.

“I know why it kills the bugs,” said one boy, “it’s because it stinks.”

Another added, ”It’s icky, worse than snot. “

As their bus arrived, all agreed that they were not looking forward to their vaccination next month.  As an aside, some kids really have foul mouths.

Regardless of their lack of unbridled enthusiasm, trial testing a 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine in children look promising, according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Here’s a link for more details on the initial testing


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