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.