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What All Parents Should Know about Swine Flu
Date:5/1/2009

hildren often imagine situations far worse than reality. Also, parents should be frank with their children in a manner that is appropriate for their age.
  • Discuss new rules or practices at school. Many schools will be enforcing prevention habits.
  • Avoid excessive blaming. It is important to avoid stereotyping any one group of people as responsible for the virus.
  • Monitor television viewing. Limit television viewing or access to information on the Internet. Constantly watching updates on the status of the flu virus can increase anxiety.
  • Maintain a normal routine to the extent possible. Keeping to a regular schedule can be reassuring and promotes physical health.
  • Communicate with your school. Let your school know if your child is sick, and keep them home. Talk to your school nurse, school psychologist, school counselor, or school social worker if your child is having difficulties as a result of anxiety or stress related to the flu. Follow all instructions from your school.

  • The complete handout, "Talking to Children About H1N1 (Swine) Flu: A Parent Resource," an audio version of the guidelines and additional resources are available on all of the following Websites: www.pta.org; www.nasn.org; or www.nasponline.org.

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