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H1N1 concerns at Halloween

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WATERLOO (KWWL) - The trick-or-treating has already begun this Halloween weekend.  Many ghosts and goblins will have 2 halloween nights this year because October 31st falls on Saturday.  But some are using extra caution when it comes to going door-to-door over fears of the H1N1 virus.   Many are keeping the hand sanitizer close.

With so many kids getting sick and staying home from school, parents want to do the best they can to keep this Halloween from being frightful in the wrong way.  Lantern Square Apartments in Waterloo got an early jump on trick-or-treating.  From pirates to cowboys to angels, everyone was welcome Friday evening.  Parents say the threat of H1N1 hasn't affected too much trick-or-treating, just made them extra cautious.

"I'm really just making sure the kids wash their hands before they eat any of the candy. Just trying to make sure they don't shove it all in their mouths and at the same time, eat the wrappers. Just the basic stuff. Can't avoid all of it," said parent Megan Devlin.

Still, medical experts give these tips to limit the spread of H1N1 at Halloween.

Don't share masks.

People handing out candy should put the candy in the kids bags instead of letting kids reach in and get it.

Don't go trick-or-treating, if you don't feel well.

Same goes for handing out candy.

And always remember to cover your cough, clean your hands and contain your germs.

Still, easier said than done when it comes to small children and candy.

"It's always a concern with the flu season and everybody being around different kids and being passed around from kid to kid. As a parent, you're always concerned whether they get sick or not," said parent Joe Chapman.

Online Reporter:  Bob Waters

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