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Halloween Swine Flu Safety Tips!

Society & Culture  (tags: US, Halloween, Swine Flu, Trick or Treating Swine Flu tips, children, health threats, health protection for children, H1N1, candy, dirty hands )

- 3279 days ago -
Forget monsters, ghosts and goblins: the real scare for some this Halloween is the threat of contracting swine flu from all the kids going door to door. First, the candy & don't let kids scoop it out of your bowls themselves..dirty hands spread germs.


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Kathleen Hilliker (293)
Tuesday October 27, 2009, 4:28 am
"The kinds of things safest for you to give out and for your kids to take are store bought candies, in individual wrappers," Elward says. "Your family will want to avoid treats that look like they've been opened and in general, stay away from things that are homemade."

Another way to avoid spreading germs this Halloween: when you greet Trick-or-Treaters, give out the candy yourself, or scoop it out, rather than let all the kids reach in and get it themselves.

Don't forget to have good hand hygiene....and whatever you do, don't let your child share a mask!

Tierney G (381)
Tuesday October 27, 2009, 5:57 am
Good ideas Wicked hehehe we all need to be safe on Halloween! I don't get anymore trickortreaters :( we live in a rural area and the kids have grown and gone tears and sobbing. My favorite day is Halloween too!

Joycey B (750)
Tuesday October 27, 2009, 6:11 am
Thanks for this informative article Wicked.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 27, 2009, 7:01 am
Them germs are out there waiting to get ya. Good advice.

JennyLynn W (246)
Tuesday October 27, 2009, 8:53 am
We put black construction paper around our soup 'cauldron' and decorated it with flames near the bottom. We used a big, long-handled scoop for fun. When we have bowls of nuts or candies or small items at parties, we put scoopers in those too - so people don't reach in with their hands. All through the seasons, fall and winter events and holidays now, we're going to try to keep people's hands off the food! Can't hurt any! Thanks Kat.

Fiona O (562)
Tuesday October 27, 2009, 9:13 am
I already caught this flu on an airplane, it really is nothing to worry about. The vaccination made people sicker than the actual flue. Go figure>

Cheree M (46)
Tuesday October 27, 2009, 3:04 pm
Noted. Thanks Kat for sharing the info. Great tips.

Janet Hughes (390)
Tuesday October 27, 2009, 9:20 pm
Thanks for the great post, Kat. I think this will be the scariest Halloween ever!

La Loba L (49)
Wednesday October 28, 2009, 11:14 pm
Good post, Wicked. We've traditionally given out (handed to the children ourselves) individually packaged large pretzels.. no fat, no cholesterol, and no sugar. I think that if we had little ones at home this year, I'd prefer that we all dress up, buy a game we could all play, or movie to watch, and have popcorn and hot chocolate. According to our Dr the age group most likely to have a truly bad case is from 20-50 years old. He said the oldest they'd treated was 55. Very different than previous flu epidemics.
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