Ghosts, Ghouls and Germs

When trick-or-treating this year, there are some potentially scary things in store – germs. Flu season is upon Texoma, and health experts are speaking out about how to protect your children from getting or spreading viruses or bacteria this year.

Melanie Milner, RN, with Wilbarger General Hospital says there are some tips parents can use to help. "Its really good to avoid letting all the kids dig their hands into the candy bowl, its better to pass out the candy to avoid all the germs getting spread around that way," she said.

Washing hands and using hand sanitizer frequently is recommended. Nurse Milner said some health officials recommend wiping down candy packages with hand sanitizer. She said to be careful to not let it soak through to the candy inside, and to let it dry before opening.

The best advice she has is perhaps the most unpopular with kids. "Set the candy aside for a day or two to allow any kind of contagions to die," she said.

Paul Harrop, Newschannel 6