Today I found out that 4 of our 5 kiddos actually have BPD. I thought only Seth did. But Will, Marcie and Grace also have some scarring in their lungs and still need oxygen. Will and Marcie usually only need a tiny bit; Grace tends to need more, not surprising given how tiny she was/is and that she was the last baby out of the womb and needed ventilator support in her early weeks.
Which brings me to the flu shot. . . why are we requiring volunteers to get it? (After all, beggars can't be choosers, right?) :) I guess you already know the short answer: Because the influenza virus, which affects the respiratory system, could very easily kill our babies. We just can't risk it especially as people are contagious 1-4 days BEFORE having any symptoms. Even scarier: some people are carriers and never have symptoms yet can give it to others, so your strong immune system may not be protective for our kids. It is contagious from up to 6 feet away, spread by coughing, sneezing and even talking, plus of course direct contact and sometimes surfaces.