Halloween Flu Tips

October 30, 2009
(October 29, 2009- Little Rock, Arkansas) — With Halloween right around the corner, and H1N1 flu widespread across the country, the American Red Cross offers tips to help parents and children celebrate safely this year. “We don’t want anyone to go out trick-or-treating and come home sick,” said Sharon Stanley, Chief Nurse of the American Red Cross. “You can follow these special tips to try to have a flu-free Halloween:”
  • If your child is sick, keep them at home. This will be disappointing to your young one, but your neighbors and community are counting on you to hold the line on transmission of this virus.
  • Remind all little ghosts and goblins to keep their hands away from their eyes, nose and mouth to keep germs away. Carry hand sanitizer with you or have it near your candy dispensing area!
  • If you are giving out candy, hand it out or scoop it. Instead of a bowl of candy, consider handing out small, individually wrapped bags of treats.
  • Throw away any unwrapped candy and inspect the rest for choking hazards and tampering.
Visit RedCross.org for more information on how to have a safe and happy Halloween.
For Information related to flu updates and precautions visit http://goa.bloodisneeded.org/default.aspx and select flu information.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org. For Information about blood drives in your area visit www.bloodisneeded.org or call 1-800-GiveLife.