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MamaResources: Swine Flu

Nearly every night, the news carries a story about H1N1–a.k.a. Swine Flu–and its spread across America and around the world. Some schools are choosing to close for short periods of time, offices are encouraging sick employees to stay home and we’re all waiting for the touted vaccinations to become available. If you’re as paranoid as I am about touching the grocery cart handle or staying put in your play group, read on for helpful information regarding both “regular” flu and H1N1.

Low-Down with the CDC

Check out the Center for Disease Control’s official take on the disease, including maps showing outbreaks across the country, vaccination information, how to treat the illness and much, much more.

Dr. Oz Explains It All

We’re all fascinated by Dr. Oz on Oprah. Check out Dr. Oz’s flu break-down with interesting factoids in everyday terms.

What This Means for Parents

It’s easy to feel freaked by Swine Flu when you watch the news and talk to other excitable parents in the carpool lane, but Parenting magazine helps us keep the fear in perspective.

Who, What, Where?

Families Fighting Flu, the Visiting Nurses Association and Clorox teamed up to create a comprehensive website of flu resources, including information on where your family can get vaccinated.

Natural Prevention & Remedies

For those of you who prefer to avoid vaccinations and prescription medications, check out these sites for natural flu prevention and treatment including the use of elderberry, thyme and even cayenne.

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