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Officials Find Swine Flu Hits Minorities Harder
NPR ^ | 8/19/09 | Richard Knox

Posted on 08/20/2009 1:58:02 AM PDT by Daisyjane69

There are, however, other reasons why minorities seem to be more at risk of swine flu. Low-income parents have a harder time keeping their sick children home from school.

"For some parents in lower-wage jobs, if they don't show up at work, they don't get paid, and people may already be on the economic margins," Barry says. "So parents were desperate to get some of these children back in school."

As a result, there were many sick, contagious kids in Boston classrooms this spring. Because of the economic pressures and demographics of the Boston school system, most of them turned out to be black or Hispanic.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: atriskstudents; boston; flu; h1n1; influenza; minorities; minorityschools; outbreak; publichealth; splc; swineflu; theonion; urban
My main reason for posting this was to alert the many FReeper teachers we have here, about this unusual phenomenon.

My sweetie teaches on the South Side of Chicago at a 100% minority school! yikes.

1 posted on 08/20/2009 1:58:02 AM PDT by Daisyjane69
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To: Daisyjane69

Well we must immediately sue the flu !

Call the EEOC.

The flu is unfairly singling out certain groups in the population for flu-like symptoms.

Or... we could just infect the other groups in the population to the same percentage level as the most affected group... and everything would be equal and fair !

But we could get a huge settlement from the lawsuit...


2 posted on 08/20/2009 2:07:11 AM PDT by PieterCasparzen (Huguenot)
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To: Daisyjane69
mostly bs....disease needs opportunity and a host.....why should teachers be any more fearful of disease than the rest of us.....nurses don't get sick from their patients who are coughing, gagging, spitting up, vomiting, pooping, peeing etc or at least they don't get sick very oftern....

use good handwashing techniques, get enough sleep, fish oil, vitamin c, and d, and drink plenty of fluids...

3 posted on 08/20/2009 2:10:26 AM PDT by cherry
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To: cherry

Latex body suits. Bubble helmets.

Think of the stimulus money...


4 posted on 08/20/2009 2:14:44 AM PDT by PieterCasparzen (Huguenot)
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To: Daisyjane69

At least they will have swine flu vaccine available for shots; I’ve advised my college-aged children and other family members to avoid the inoculations like the plague.


5 posted on 08/20/2009 2:19:51 AM PDT by Nucluside (cleaning guns.)
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To: Daisyjane69

It’s not just kids either. Most adults that work for an hourly wage won’t stay home when sick because they can’t afford to lose pay. The whole family might be sick but the parents send the kids to school and then go to work sick. My company has already said that anybody that shows up with a fever will be sent to the doctor immediately and not allowed to work until they are better.


6 posted on 08/20/2009 2:29:24 AM PDT by Melinda in TN
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To: Melinda in TN

You know, that’s a good point. My son manages a restaurant. Wonder what their policy is going to be.


7 posted on 08/20/2009 2:31:33 AM PDT by Daisyjane69 (Michael Reagan: "Welcome back, Dad, even if you're wearing a dress and bearing children this time)
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To: Daisyjane69

Not enough vaccine
To cover all the people.
Gummint to decide.

Protect randomly?
Or protect “victim” races?
It’s a no brainer!

Just cut out the Whites.
They’re oppressors, after all.
They had a good run.

Look at the future.
A Preview of what’s to come
With Obamacare.


8 posted on 08/20/2009 2:46:26 AM PDT by Haiku Guy (If you have a Right / To the Service I provide / I must be a Slave)
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To: PieterCasparzen

GMTA! How dare this flu pick on the poor, the down-trodden, and the Democrat voters.

Did the evil Cheney design this with the approval of Bush, or did Soros pay for this flu in order to take out those who would not do his bidding? Only time will tell, but I am certain the lamestream media will sound byte the flu news to death and have everyone conditioned in a short matter of time to believe what they (the lamestream media) believe.


9 posted on 08/20/2009 2:50:27 AM PDT by Paige ("All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing," Edmund Burke)
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To: Haiku Guy

Malthusian Theory put into action? Interesting !


10 posted on 08/20/2009 2:52:17 AM PDT by Paige ("All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing," Edmund Burke)
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To: Melinda in TN

My kid’s in grad school now, but during college and now grad school, he’s never missed a class.

What does that mean? He’s gone to class sick a few times. He says he “drugs” himself up in order to make a class, which means an OTC non-drowsy cold medicine.

Problem is, in some college classes, and grad classes, the profs offer no make up opportunities, and aren’t real willling to accept the excuse, “I wss sick.” Most classes are 3 hours, once a week, and if you miss one, you’ve missed a lot of material. Hopefully, the profs will be more forgiving if there’s a flu outbreak.


11 posted on 08/20/2009 2:54:28 AM PDT by dawn53
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To: Daisyjane69

It will be interesting to see what happens
when the Swine flu starts hitting Muslim populations
hard.

Something we are not hearing much about as yet.


12 posted on 08/20/2009 3:01:43 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Paige

My goodness gracious ! You sound both anti-viral, and anti-bacterial ! That would be reverse deslimination and very close to being a pro-human zealot !

What was Jackie Chiles number...


13 posted on 08/20/2009 3:11:16 AM PDT by PieterCasparzen (Huguenot)
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To: dawn53

Btw, this is an OTC remedy to battle the flu. The FDA has approved it for this use.

Here is a link to a fellow FReeper site and more information:

http://thesurvivalmom.com/2009/07/14/instant-survival-tip-a-natural-flu-remedy/

My local Walgreen carries it under that name and also a copycat version of the same thing.


14 posted on 08/20/2009 3:21:06 AM PDT by Daisyjane69 (Michael Reagan: "Welcome back, Dad, even if you're wearing a dress and bearing children this time)
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To: Daisyjane69

Sue the virus. It’s racism.


15 posted on 08/20/2009 3:37:47 AM PDT by AdaGray (uw)
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To: Daisyjane69

I just read the page, interesting. Problem is, does this boost the immune system? From what I’ve read the reason that flus similar to this swine flu kill more young people and healthy people is that they impact people with a healthy immune response more than a less efficient immune response. They kill by causing a cytokine storm...which is an overstimulation of the immune system. So I’d be interested to know if this is an immune booster. I’ll have to do more research on it.


16 posted on 08/20/2009 4:08:00 AM PDT by dawn53
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To: cherry
use good handwashing techniques, get enough sleep, fish oil, vitamin c, and d, and drink plenty of fluids...

You'll be immortal.

17 posted on 08/20/2009 4:10:00 AM PDT by Glenn (Free Venezuela!)
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To: dawn53

I don’t know but you may be right.

One thing I HAVE been able to confirm is that Vitamin D WILL play a role in keeping the flu at bay.

I gotta see if I can dig that one up. Organization isn’t my strong suit.

:(


18 posted on 08/20/2009 4:14:01 AM PDT by Daisyjane69 (Michael Reagan: "Welcome back, Dad, even if you're wearing a dress and bearing children this time)
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To: Daisyjane69

FLASH: Atty. General Holder will have Swine Flu indicted for ‘Hate Crimes’.


19 posted on 08/20/2009 4:17:04 AM PDT by AU72
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To: Daisyjane69

“For some parents in lower-wage jobs, if they don’t show up at work, they don’t get paid, and people may already be on the economic margins,”

...I an SOOO sick and tired of this argument. Choices have consequences. You chose your job. Then you chose to have children. The children part was a bad choice. Guess it’s time to raise minimum wage to $100 an hour AND force companies to pay employees whether they show up or not to stop all of this needless pain and anguish. ~sarc


20 posted on 08/20/2009 4:39:37 AM PDT by albie
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To: Daisyjane69

I’m a huge proponent of vitamin D and it’s okay as far as immune response. I have MS and they don’t want you taking things that boost the immune system, like echinacea, but they insist on keeping vitamin D levels up. My neuro does vitamin D tests and if my vitamin D levels get low I go on a high dose (50,000 units per week) and then back off to 2,000 per day. I didn’t know that about vitamin D and it’s flu connection though. Thanks for the info.


21 posted on 08/20/2009 4:42:17 AM PDT by dawn53
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To: Daisyjane69
... minorities seem to be more at risk of swine flu. Low-income parents have a harder time keeping their sick children home from school.

Uh... the facts shows they have a hard time keeping them IN SCHOOL.
Look up any inner city school's stats and see the attendance compared to the state average. They're major truants.

22 posted on 08/20/2009 5:32:07 AM PDT by Condor51 (The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits)
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To: Daisyjane69

Whitey’s fault.


23 posted on 08/20/2009 5:36:48 AM PDT by Sig Sauer P220 (Forget going Galt. Its time to go Braveheart.)
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To: Condor51

Actually, I should say this one thing here, in the interest of honesty.

I mentioned that my sweetie teaches on the south side of Chicago, but I should have mentioned that it is a private Catholic school. My lack of clarity contributed to a misimpression, and that is my fault. These are self-paying minority parents...vouchers are not legal in Chicago as they are in Cleveland.

Because the parents actually pay for tuition, they make sure the kids attend (what a concept!). Their attendance is in the 93% range.

I don’t wanna think about the public schools on the south side, however.


24 posted on 08/20/2009 5:42:30 AM PDT by Daisyjane69 (Michael Reagan: "Welcome back, Dad, even if you're wearing a dress and bearing children this time)
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To: Nucluside
avoid the inoculations like the plague

Freudian slip of the day award?

25 posted on 08/20/2009 6:00:49 AM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten per cent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: Daisyjane69
I was addressing the article, and 'Public Schools'(1), nothing against what you posted in your comment and no offense meant. (BTW, maybe you should change your State Flag to Illinois on your 'about page'.)

I'm listening to an online Chi PD Scanner right now, it covers all of Chi. You can't believe what goes on so early in the morning. So I hope your 'sweetie' takes a safe route, or the safest possible, to and from his school.

(1) Yesterday I checked out my old Elem & HS in Chicago. They're now both pathetic examples of what a school should be. Attendance (Truancy) is a major problem. Along with Test Scores.

26 posted on 08/20/2009 6:03:32 AM PDT by Condor51 (The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits)
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To: Daisyjane69

Hey! A ThreeFer...

“Poor, Minorities, Children” hardest hit. If they had bothered to toss “Single Moms” in...we’d have seen the *very* rare “Four-Fer”.


27 posted on 08/20/2009 6:10:03 AM PDT by wbill
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To: Daisyjane69
a 100% minority school

That phrase strikes me as funny.

28 posted on 08/20/2009 6:19:16 AM PDT by tnlibertarian
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To: dawn53

<Most classes are 3 hours, once a week, and if you miss one, you’ve missed a lot of material. Hopefully, the profs will be more forgiving if there’s a flu outbreak.

I teach in a grad school with classes just like that. If I am sick, I drag myself in and teach for the same reason your son drags himself in. Fortunately, so far I haven’t been terribly sick on the days I have class, just some sneezing and hoarse voice. It’s a really hard decision to miss class if you are truly ill and most profs I know will try to make it in and then go home right after class.

If there is a swine flu outbreak here (I actually thought I had it myself earlier this month, but now am not sure), of course I will have to be accommodating to sick students. I’m not the unfeeling bi$ch in the classroom that I am online. :)

Almost everything students do for me is in electronic format, so they can do their reading and assignments at home and email them to me. It would be harder for students to keep up if I taught a lab science.


29 posted on 08/20/2009 7:39:18 AM PDT by radiohead (Buy ammo, get your kids out of government schools, pray for the Republic.)
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To: jiggyboy

Nope. Intentional.


30 posted on 08/20/2009 8:52:11 AM PDT by Nucluside (cleaning guns.)
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To: Daisyjane69

Teaching moment. Invite the flu over for a beer at the White House.


31 posted on 08/20/2009 8:53:16 AM PDT by Larry Lucido (This tagline excerpted. To read more, click on MyOverratedBlog.com)
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