Centers for Disease Control Address Confusion and Fears Regarding H1N1 versus Seasonal Flu Vaccines

Buried on page 12 of Saturday's Sun is news that 76 U.S. children have died of the H1N1 virus.

The front page has a story about a worried mom, throwing the baby out with the bath water ("Unease about swine flu vaccine," Oct. 10). I am sad that more children will be dead because of their parents' poor choices. The H1N1 virus would not be a big deal if we'd had 6 more months' notice. It'd be in the regular shot this year with the surface antigens Brisbane-this and Brisbane-that. The difference between Destinee Parker, the middle school student who died this month from the H1N1 virus and your child is that you have a choice when the shot arrives.

The swine-flu bug is in the air. A flu type last seen memorably in 1976, it's an alarmingly catchy strand. I was born in 1977, so I don't have any natural resistance to it. My kids are 6 weeks old and almost 4. And once my maternity leave is over in two weeks, I'll be working every day in a hospital or medical office, where the chances of exposure are high. So it won't surprise you to know that I'm eager to get vaccinated.