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Would you feel safe from flu attending this party?

Asked by Aster (15497 points ) January 4th, 2013

A boy is having his 2nd birthday party tomorrow, Saturday. Yesterday, Thursday, he was vomiting with a stomach virus. Other children will be there as will their parents. Would you go if you feared catching the flu? The child doesn’t know me from Adam but his parents are friends, sorta.

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augustlan's avatar

If he’s fine today and tomorrow, I’d go.

Aster's avatar

I was thinking that since he was sick his parents are getting ready to get sick soon?

jonsblond's avatar

The boy may feel better but other members of the family may have the virus without any symptoms yet. The time from when a person is exposed to flu virus to when symptoms begin is about 1 to 4 days. I just might skip the party to be safe.

augustlan's avatar

Good point. I might still go, but be very careful about hand hygiene (wash them, don’t touch your face with them, etc.)

Aster's avatar

Well, yes, but there will be finger foods plus the droplets from sneezing travel across the room. I know it sounds insane but it’s true. I picture the house just crawling with viruses and I have not had flu in twenty five years with no vaccine. If I gave it to my s/o I’d feel just terrible. I’d consider wearing a facemask but my daughter would never forgive me. I don’t have the courage to do that anyway.

Coloma's avatar

Hell no! I don’t want to be around any recently vomiting children or anyone for that matter.
An old friend brought her 2 yr. old grandson over one day and then told me as an after fact thing, that he had the barfing flu the day before! Yep, you guessed it, I was on my face the next day. Grrr!
To heck with that, send the kid a balloon. haha

Aster's avatar

Typical mom. She won’t consider postponing the party. What does she care that a couple dozen attendees will be vomiting within the week?

Aster's avatar

When it suits peoples’ agendas, many of them pretend to believe that the second the vomiting stops the kid isn’t contagious . And these are usually very sweet parents! I don’t understand it. It really ticks me off, actually.

Coloma's avatar

@Aster I agree…I do not beleive in sick people going to work, school or anything until they are completely well. Besides, a 2 year old isn’t going to even KNOW if his little party is postponed an extra week. Very selfish and inconsiderate if you ask me.

Shippy's avatar

Wash your hands a lot, don’t put your hands to your face at all. However, I personally would have postponed it for the safety of my own child and the others.

Coloma's avatar

Hah…I was just reading about Typhoid Mary…So is this Barfey Bobby or Pukey Peter? lol

Self_Consuming_Cannibal's avatar

Yes as long as I came dressed for the occasion.

Cupcake's avatar

If there are not respiratory symptoms, you don’t need to worry about sneezing. Vomiting (and other GI illness) have nothing to do with the flu.

So I, personally, wouldn’t be concerned. But I get the flu vaccine every year, as does everyone else who lives in my home.

It’s perfectly reasonable for you to stay home if you are uncomfortable.

Coloma's avatar

@Cupcake But @Aster said it was the vomiting flu which spreads like wildfire with a VERY short incubation of 12–24 hours. No way, no how! lol
I have my regular flu shot too, but there is no shot for the stomach flu. I wish there was!

Cupcake's avatar

@Coloma Since she probably won’t be changing the 2 year old’s diaper, I don’t think she’s in much risk for GI illness (if he’s really the only one who is sick). She is certainly not at risk for respiratory flu since the kid doesn’t have it.

Kids vomit for a number of reasons. From her description, it’s not clear to me that the kiddo has gastroenteritis. If the parent’s aren’t also sick, I wouldn’t worry much.

I’ve known plenty of people who think you can get the respiratory flu from someone vomiting, and based on the OP’s comments about not getting the vaccine it sounds like she is one who thinks that. You can’t. There is not really a stomach flu. There is only a respiratory flu. Vomiting and/or diarrhea can indicate gastroenteritis… which can be caused by food poisoning and a number of other things.

Coloma's avatar

@Cupcake Well…admittedly I have a serious phobia about the stomach flu, so I always err on the side of caution. :-)
Yes, my cat had gastroenteritis a few months ago, I guess they can get it too according to my vet. I am thinking of what is called the 24 hour flu with all the vomiting and diarrhea.

Aaaagh….run, run away quickly. haha

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