Entire family contracts swine flu

September 16, 2009 4:56:49 PM PDT
An entire family stricken with the H1N1 virus has been held up for days inside their Fuquay-Varina home afraid of making others sick."It's scary, it's awful," H1N1 patient and mother Amy McGrady said.

Mom, dad, their kindergartner and even their 3-month-old has the H1N1 virus.

"We're all running fevers and we're all still contagious," McGrady said.

Contagious, but committed to getting the word out about H1N1, they called their son's school to warn other parents.

"We were kind of shocked at the response that the school system gave," H1N1 Patient and father Shawn McGrady said.

Wake County declined to send out a notice -that's the district's policy.

The Wake County School System said the county Health and Human Services Department has advised it to treat H1N1 cases among students just like the regular seasonal flu.

"We just want to get the message out, that it is out there," Amy McGrady said. "There are people who are suffering with it; we just don't want them to have to go through what we did."

They've endured typical flu-like symptoms and their infant had a fever of 103.

The McGrady family also said getting treatment was a challenge.

They said Tamiflu hasn't been tested in children less than six months old, so for their son, there's a health risk.

It took two pharmacies to fill his prescription. One had to turn the McGrady's away, because their supply was on back order.

"People need to know what the challenges will be if they come down with it," Amy McGrady said.

The family said until they are fever free, they are staying home.

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