Kids headed to camp this summer?  There is always a chance that kids will come back from camp with a cold or even the touch of the flu, but this summer holds a more worriesome bug in store....H1N1 (also known as swine flu.)  Here's how to protect your kids from swine flu at camp this summer:

  • Make sure that your child's camp is taking every precaution to detect and contain H1N1 early with regular screenings, promoting proper hygiene and updating parents on any reported cases.  
  • Find out if any H1N1 cases have been reported in or around the camp facility.  
  • The H1N1 virus is particularly contagious among children, so if you're visiting one child at camp it's a good idea to leave your other children at home. 
  • There has never been a bettter time to teach your kids about the importance of good hygiene.  Make sure they know to wash hands frequently and pack plenty of non-toxic hand sanitizer in their backpacks for times when they can't get to a sink.
  • If your child is experiencing any of the early symptoms of H1N1 (fever, sore throat, vomitting,) keep them home, call the camp counselors to advise them of your situation, and check in with your pediatrician for further advice.
    Photo by Sarah Alston
    Swine flu and summer camp
    Protect your kids from H1N1 as they head off to summer camp.