What would happen if your child got the Swine flu but, like the 8.8 million other children in the U.S., you have no health insurance? Well, chances are you would want to keep her at home. But if you are working a job with little flexibility, she will likely go to school when she is already feeling badly because you have no care for her at home.
She will likely spread the flu to her classmates and friends. Uninsured children tend to be sick more often because of a lack of preventative care. They miss more school and parents miss more work as a result of the needed care.