Swine Flu Vaccinations in Parents, Friends and Loved Ones of Celiacs Posted November 13, 2009 · Report to Admin We live in a University town, and 1,500+ students have been stricken with "flu-like" illness since Sept. (They don't test for H1N1 and assume that's what it is, since it's too early for seasonal flu). The school I work in had an absentee rate of about 20%, and every single teacher and most aides have had it. The severity has ranged from very mild to quite severe. My district is quite aggressive with prevention and there have only been a few hospitalizations, no deaths. Since vaccinations have increased, the spread has slowed. (and having so many kids sick-and-recovered makes them immune, too) Something to remember is that H1N1 doesn't have to be life-threatening to be serious. Students, staff, and their families, are missing about 4-6 days plus a few more of "I feel better but not great" days. It is extremely disruptive. My college-age son got the attentuated (flumist) vaccine with no side effects. My younger son is immune-impaired and we will get him the shot as soon as there are some here. (What was available has gone to babies and asthmatic children) His doctors have no hesitation or question, and they are at one of the nation's most respected pediatric research hospitals.