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Guard Against Swine Flu at Summer Camp

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How do you protect your kids against swine flu? A pediatric infectious diseases expert weighs in.

To protect kids from the H1N1 virus when they're at summer camp, Dr. Jeffrey Boscamp, a pediatric infectious diseases expert at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey, recommends the following:



1. Confirm that the camp is doing regular screenings, promoting proper hygiene, and updating parents on any reported cases of swine flu.

2. Find out if any H1N1 cases have been reported at the camp, and if it has quarantined areas for infected children.

3. Consider leaving siblings behind when visiting a child at camp. The H1N1 virus is particularly contagious among children.

4. Check your temperature the night before and the morning of your visit. Bring some extra alcohol-based hand sanitizer with you.

More information

The American Academy of Pediatrics has more information on swine flu here.

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FaeChristionson July 28, 2009, 4:14 PM

I was reluctant to send my kids to camp this year as this flu has had many of us parents very worried. I am glad that I bought my kids new prepaid Tracfone Motorola W376’s before they went to camp. They came with DMFL and a camera, FM radio, web access and blue tooth. They also have games like Suduko and Tetras built in which I think are good for math and co-ordination. Anyway, I got them on promotion for less than $30 which means that I only really paid something like $6 per phone considering what the DMFL costs. Tracfone is great because they are inexpensive so I’m not going to bite the kid’s heads off if they get damaged and they can’t run up huge bills. They really enjoy sending me photos of themselves at camp and love receiving them plus I am always able to phone them and check that they are alright.

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