‘Cedar flu’ was just a scare

This posting, written by someone claiming to be a registered nurse, was repeatedly posted on Facebook during a flu scare over the Christmas holidays.

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This posting, written by someone claiming to be a registered nurse, was repeatedly posted on Facebook during a flu scare over the Christmas holidays.

The Facebook hysteria during the Christmas holidays about “cedar flu” led to much concern over children’s and young people’s health.

Senior Steel Drum student Mario Jimenez was not frightened to see the cedar flu Facebook post for the first time.

I wasn’t scared at all … I know that society likes to blow little things out of proportion.”

— Mario Jimenez, steel drum student

He said looking at this post did not concern him.

“I accepted it for what it is, and I’m not that worried about it due to lack of information,” Jimenez added.

Other people react in different ways, and he discussed what he thought of others’ reactions to the Facebook post.

“I know that our community is very cautious, and that parents of toddlers would overreact and not send their kids to school or preschool,” Jimenez said.

Jimenez said that his mother was worried about their health.

Do you believe the flu scare is real or Internet hype?

  • No (56%, 9 Votes)
  • Not sure (31%, 5 Votes)
  • Yes (13%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 16

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He revealed who he thought would post this on the Internet.

“It was probably some parent that was trying to inform people that don’t watch the news,” Jimenez said.

Along with the post there was a petition asking the school districts to extend the Christmas vacation or excuse students’ absences

“I think that the Christmas vacations were fine as they were,” he said.

Along with this post was a petition. This petition was signed by many, and it was mostly parents who were concerned about their children’s health.

However, a search on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website showed no listing for “cedar flu.”

Do you believe the "cedar flu" is real?

  • No (60%, 6 Votes)
  • Yes (20%, 2 Votes)
  • Not sure (20%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 10

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Even with this flu scare attendance rates have remained high for both school districts, according to local newspaper stories. Both districts said they would be taking preventative measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Schools will be disinfected to prevent the spreading of viruses, with specific attention given to the restrooms, cafeterias, and classrooms.

Results of the two Magnet Tribune polls run during the flu scare are part of this story. The results are shown in the story.