Dr. Philip Bernard
, who treated Maddy at Kentucky Children's Hospital
, said H1N1 is "a completely preventable disease because there is vaccine available."
"The vast majority of children (who contract H1N1) are going to be very sick and miserable for a few days, then recover," said Bernard, an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Kentucky School of Medicine.
said, "there is a small majority of children who are going to be severely affected."
said children can sometimes have seizures as their temperatures change rapidly.
"We were really worried daily about whether she was going to make it," said Bernard, the physician.
hopes the Kidwells' story will remind people to take flu seriously, whether it's the seasonal variety or H1N1, and consider vaccination.
"The take-home message is, why would you want to subject your children from ever getting into this situation" when vaccine is available? he