Breaking the news …

03 Jun

It’s flu season in Australia.

I have Otto home from school today with a nasty sore throat and cough.

Rang the GP to find out what the “rules” are for someone with a virus/flu-like symptoms, and had a bit of a chat.

We do not even for a moment think that Otto has H1N1. She doesn’t have the right symptoms, and she hasn’t had contact with anyone that has the disease.

Regardless, I have been told to keep her home for “a few days” (they want to limit the spread of other seasonal viruses as much as possible). The Bigster is free to go about as she likes.


In 2 weeks, the Bigster is due to go on school camp. For four days. 

To quote my GP: “Just as we expect it to REALLY get going in the community”

Her advice?

“If it were my child, and I had a flight booked the next week? I would not send her on that camp.”

Biggie will be devastated.


Posted by on June 3, 2009 in children, health, parenting


6 responses to “Breaking the news …

  1. Justine

    June 3, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    Yes, she will, but lesser of two evils. She would be more devasted to not leave on trip, as planned. Suspect Dr is right, 4 day school camp in the middle of seasonal flu season,even, and a week before international flight may be too risky. There will be tears no doubt:( Hope Nellie feels better soon

  2. RacingHippo

    June 3, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    Too early to say. I’d give it a week and see how she is.
    If she’s already had the flue that’s going around, she’ll be resistant to it anyway, so as long as she’s fit by then I’d send her.

    • Justine

      June 3, 2009 at 6:41 pm

      BTW NSW is imposing a 7 day home quarantine (from school anyway) on kids going to Melb for the State of Origin tonight

      • Melissa

        June 3, 2009 at 9:09 pm

        Oh wow!
        That’s a big old “we think you are doing the wrong thing”, isn’t it!

    • Melissa

      June 3, 2009 at 9:11 pm

      Bigster has had nothing so far 😦

      She’s very disappointed, of course, but is taking it remarkably well. She could see the writing on the wall as I explained it, and she knows what has to be done. Doesn’t mean she’s not upset and weepy, but she’s fairly resigned.

      I said I would talk to the teacher in charge tomorrow. Perhaps I could take her down there for a day, or something. I don’t really think so, though.

  3. Justine

    June 4, 2009 at 10:51 am

    On ya Biggie. Very proud of her!


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