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Old 04-25-2009, 01:13 PM   #1
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Swine Flu - General Discussion and how it affects Disney

Update: The CDC is saying that the kids can go back to school!

*** Please read this before you post! Most of the regular posters on this thread, including the OP, are NOT worried about the swine flu!

This thread was created to discuss an interesting subject and how it relates to Disney. Please read a few pages before posting.

We are not "hysterical" or "crazy." Some posters are canceling trips to Disney. MOST are not. A few of the posters are experiencing this flu first hand and are sharing their personal experiences. Some posters are adding very funny jokes and we certainly appreciate that as well!

We are aware that 36,000 people die every year from the seasonal flu. We are also fully aware that there are many other worty causes to discuss. Having said all of that - feel free to join the discussion!

Am I the only person wondering about this news story and how it would affect a place like Disney World where people congregate from so many countries?

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I know it is early in the process for the disease control folks, but this has me wondering what will come of this. Hopefully nothing.

I took off my editorial links since this is now a merged thread.

Maroo's personal reference links...
Encouraging article!!! The Flu strain is relatively mild.

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Old 04-25-2009, 01:16 PM   #2
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Would that be the same Swine Flu that Gerald Ford saved us from in the 70's? More people got sick from the vaccine than from the illness. I'll pass on the worry part of it.
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I read it to. I don't think its anything to worry about BUT anyone who is going soon might want to pack extra hand sanatizer (and make sure those kids use it!) and maybe lysol the room.

I am sure the WHO is going to stay on top of it. You are right in that Disney is a melting pot for germs
Not that I am a complete germaphobe but my oldest has a very poor immune system due to asthma so I have to be more aware.

Just stay on top of those kids (and DH's ) about hand washing as they tend to forget in their excitement of Disney!

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From what I've been reading, Tamiflu does work if it's taken early enough. So if you think you might have the flu, get checked out so you can start treatment if needed. The problem is when people wait a few days and then the Tamiflu won't work for them. They have been using Tamiflu in Mexico on this particular flu and when caught early, it works.

It wouldn't make me cancel a trip to Disney at this point (heck, I work in the tourist industry, and there are tourists all over the city), but I would be extra vigilant with hand washing and keep a close watch on my health so I can nip anything that comes along in the bud.
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I wouldn't worry about it. I lived through the Swine Flu thing of the 70s and I personally knew of no one who actually got the actual thing. If we worried about every single disease out there, we'd never leave our houses.
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Disney was one of my first thoughts when i started reading about it. I hope they are able to get this under control. Most people don't get to the doctor within the first few days of symptoms so the Tamiflu won't work for a lot of people! If I ran to the doctor everytime I had a sniffle I'd live in debt! It is very concerning.
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YIKES Last year we spent 10 days in Disney. On our LAST day DD was not being herself. She was very quiet and had NO energy. By the afternoon she was in chills and running fever. When we arrived home we took her straight to the Dr. She had the flu. Thank God it was our last day!!!


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Old 04-25-2009, 02:30 PM   #8
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I am a little worried. We leave in 2 days and are flying!
I packed some extra hand sanitizer (gel, spray and wipes). I am a germaphobe and we are in the county in TX where 2 HS students had the swine flu.

Flying makes me extra nervous because of the close conditions and recycled air.
What can you do?

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I think the general "safety" cautions will work. Lots of hand washing, sanitizers etc.
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Your best defense is washing your hands with soap and water. Sanitizers really don't work too well with viruses.But if you can't get to a sink they work well in a pinch.i really don't stress about it too much.Maybe because I am an RN and I deal with worse at work on a daily basis.
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Originally Posted by disnut8 View Post
I wouldn't worry about it. I lived through the Swine Flu thing of the 70s and I personally knew of no one who actually got the actual thing. If we worried about every single disease out there, we'd never leave our houses.
So true. I'm sure Disney takes precautions and has plans incase of outbreak.
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what is Swine Flu?
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I'm going to pack the little bottles of hand sanitizer, but not too worried about it.
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We're leaving for Disney on Friday.

We're planning on washing our hands frequently, using hand sanitizer often, disinfecting our room with some Lysol wipes and keeping a close eye on our health. Honestly, I'm not really worried. Taking reasonable precautions, I don't think there is reason to freak out right now. WHO and CDC haven't issued any travel warnings (even to Mexico!) and I trust them more than my own henny-penny reactions.
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