By Megan Moore
One doctor estimates 20 to 30 percent of children in our area have asthma...making the concern for their health during this extra long flu season especially high.
Breathing troubles are just one reason one local doctor wants parents to pay special attention to their asthmatic children with the spread of H1N1.
Dr. Paul Nolan, a local pediatrician, says "it can set off a severe asthma exacerbation. Severe enough to put in the hospital. We're seeing in both hospitals in the community a spoke in the number of children with asthma exacerbations."
But it gets worse than that, because Dr. Nolan says, "we're getting a fair number of children in the intensive care unit for management because the exacerbations are so bad they're actually life threatening."
Life threatening because of the pneumonia that can develop with just one flare up....
Which is why the Skidmores wanted to get Logan vaccinated against H1N1 as soon as possible.
Stephanie says, "we were scared because if he got it he would be in pretty bad shape."
Dr. Nolan does not discount the severity of the H1N1 flu hype, saying "I've been thoroughly convinced of the seriousness of this disease, with what I've been seeing here in the hospitals. It's as bad as they've talked about."