Thursday, January 17, 2008

Back to Daycare

Since I had the doctor's permission for Tree Faerie to return to daycare, I got us both ready and took her up there. While I was signing her in, I discovered the daycare thought they had a Rotavirus outbreak, not RSV - Respiratory Syncytial Virus. I corrected her teachers, then talked to the assistant director. I just emailed them a fact sheet as discussed with the assistant director this morning.

I wonder how big of scare this miscommunication caused? Tree Faerie has all of her vaccinations up to date, which includes the inoculation for the Rotavirus. With more and more parents choosing not to vaccinate their children, at what point will an outbreak of a commonly vaccinated disease cause panic? I chose to have Tree Faerie vaccinated because I knew if she became very ill or worse from something I could have easily protected her from, I would not forgive myself. And because we have people immigrating from countries where vaccinations are not required, how can one be sure their child will not come into contact with that virus? We live in a world where a highly infectious disease could spread to all the major populated areas of the world within 3 days. It's kind of scary when you think about it.

I remember the first time I read The Stand by Stephen King. I couldn't decide which would be better - to be one of the few immune to the disease or to be one of the many to die quickly.

On to find happier thoughts...

9 comments:

Colorado Writer said...

Rotavirus is sucky. Hope TF is feeling better. Nothing scarier than that croupy, crunchy cough.

Annikke said...

I'm with you, I wonder what kind of scare the miscommunication caused?

Not Afraid to Use It said...

Shame on the school for not paying better attention.

Coal Miner's Granddaughter said...

They probably saw the R in RSV and just finished the word on their own. "Wait! R means rotavirus!"

Seriously. I'll be that's what happened. I'm tellin' ya, the collective IQ of our educators, as well as our politicians, is going to hell in a handbasket.

Devin said...

Dang that school! That's an obvious and preventable oversight.

Andrea said...

Granted, I have to give them the benefit of the doubt because I only had a short conversation on the phone with the director on Monday, and I didn't provide a lot of detail.

Patti said...

the thought of disease spread so easily gives me shivers and i love that you took the time to clarify for the nursery.

Monnik said...

I had the same thoughts while reading the Stand.

I think I'd rather be one to die - as long as my entire family died with me at the exact same second.

carrie & troy keiser said...

I believe in getting shots.... 'cept for the chicken pox shot which didn't really work well for one of the 2 kids that got the shot, still debating about that one....... Hope TF is doing well know.