Louisa developed a high temperature Friday night. After living in UK for a while now, I didn't bring her to see a Dr straightaway. The GPs' advice in UK is usually 'rest at home, drink plenty of water, no medication needed'. So I gave her paracetomol and monitored her temperature throughout the night. It remained very high (at one point it was 39.5 degrees) and I sponged her. Since there had been a case of H1N1 in her school just before the holiday, I brought her to a GP just to be on the safe side. The nurses at the clinic wore masks and patients with high temperature had to don it too. It was a totally different scene in UK. Louisa was eventually seen to by the Dr in a 'separate room'. Her symptoms were only cough (she had it in UK before coming) and high fever. The Dr said she'd prescribe Tamiflu so I asked if Louisa has H1N1 to which she replied 50-50. I asked if tests are needed to confirm and she said not anymore. Anyone with any symptoms will be treated with it and it can be used for common flu too. Then I was told the clinic doesn't stock it as it's unstable. Was asked to check pharmacies or go to KK. I rang up a few pharmacies and none of them has the syrup form. So I had to go to KK's pharmacy. Temperature had to be taken at all entrances and a mask given. Singapore is really carrying out all the precautions. When my mum rang me while I was in UK and told me about the situation here, I couldn't quite fathom it because it was totally different in UK even though the country has the 3rd highest number of cases outside Mexico and America. When I started to worry when I found out someone got it in Louisa's school, her friend's mum told me 'it's such a flu'. Anyway, the normal pharmacy had closed and I had to go to the Emergency Pharmacy and queue for it. So many people were wearing masks. After a long wait, I was given the Tamiflu tablet. I commented that my child is still young and won't be able to swallow the pill. The staff told me to open up the capsule and mix it with water. Louisa doesn't even like drinking paracetomol syrup, let alone a bitter powdery mixture. The GP specifically prescribed syrup form. The reply I got was that there was no more stock for the syrup. I heard a staff from another counter giving out the syrup form so I questioned him. He said it's MOH's regulation to keep the syrup for very young children and infants. I told him my daughter's not even 7 and she's still young and by telling me it is out of stock is totally misleading and that I insisted on having the syrup. He said it's ok and gave it to me. I had a shock when I was going to pay for it. Almost S$50 for a small bottle! The pharmaceutical companies are making mountains of money. It's strange. Everytime I come back, a big expenditure will be on medical costs. Had already spent S$100 to get Lavigne's eyes checked. She had sty and will need another review. Medical care is readily available here but it is so darn expensive!