September 1st, 2009
08:40 PM ET

Dr. Gupta offers advice to parents on H1N1

Program Note: Tune in tonight to hear more from Dr. Sanjay Gupta on H1N1. AC360° at 10 p.m. ET.

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/HEALTH/09/01/parents.h1n1.flu.guide.gupta/art.sanjay.h1n1.cnn.jpg caption="Dr. Sanjay Gupta talks to Dr. Jim Fortenberry, pediatrician in chief at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta."]

Dr. Sanjay Gupta
CNN Chief Medical Correspondent

Over this past week, I had some interesting conversations with colleagues who are also health care professionals. These conversations usually start with, "You know what I hate about the media ... ?"

Now, over the past eight years, I have grown accustomed to being engaged in these sort of discussions where I am asked about everything the "media" have reported over the past few months, and asked to defend things point by point. It can be a challenging task.

This time, however, the topic was H1N1, or swine flu.

I spent the weekend thinking about what I was being told, and realized there was a larger point here.

People were scared, more than I had seen in a long time. And, health care professionals were blaming the media - accusing them of being alarmist.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • Dr. Sanjay Gupta • H1N1
soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. riza

    excellent advice dr gupta. . . actually that's the way flu is being treated. . .the reason for panic for some is because the media have the tendency to exaggerate things. . .

    September 1, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  2. Annie Kate

    Thanks for the checklist – it is pretty much exactly what we do for regular flu and what I would have done without any better suggestions. Glad to know this is what is recommended by the medical community.

    September 1, 2009 at 9:59 pm |
  3. Jack, Montauk, NY

    Want to come to my school to talk to the parents? (Like you have nothing else to do!)

    September 1, 2009 at 9:58 pm |