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Disney — By Jenni Ingersoll on December 18, 2009 at 11:35 am
Filed under: Character Greetings, Disney Parks, H1N1, Mickey Mouse, top-feature, Travel Insurance

Avoid the MouskaFLU While Visiting Mickey

H1N1 — just the sound of it made us snap our heads quickly in the direction of the conversation.  The latest report seems to be that we have made it through round one of this virus, but are we ready for round two?672786_tissue_box

Theme parks are a real concern for traveling families, as so many people are concentrated into one area.  The Disney parks are of a special concern because they also attract international travelers.  This sounds like heaven to germs.

According to the experts at the Center for Disease Control, theme parks are not necessarily any more dangerous for contracting the virus than any other place.  Rest assured, however, Disney park officials are taking extreme precautions to keep their guests safe. Those precautions include:

  • Employees are being vaccinated
  • Employees are taught to closely monitor anyone they come in contact with that is showing symptoms or signs of the illness
  • Employees have been taught how to respond to such contact, especially the costumed characters. In other words, if someone coughs or sneezes on Mickey, he will be leaving to go change out of his costume
  • Hand Sanitizer dispensers have been placed throughout the theme parks and individual bottles are available for purchase at most gift shops

These are things the park officials are doing to keep their guests safe, yet there are many things you can do to keep yourself healthy while on your vacation:

  • Wash your hands frequently or carry antibacterial sanitizing gel for those occasions when a restroom isn’t near
  • Take care of yourself – get plenty of rest, drink plenty of fluids, eat properly and take your vitamins.  This can be difficult with a vacation as full of activities as the Disney parks, but what is more important, seeing everything or a healthy family?
  • Stay away from sick people – if someone around you is coughing or acting sick, take a tip from Mickey and step away.  Get back in line later if you have no room to move away
  • Talk to your doctor about getting a prescription for Tamiflu, a drug known to curb the symptoms of the flu once contracted, in case someone in your party comes down with the virus
  • Get vaccinated if possible
  • Purchase Travel Insurance – if someone in your party becomes ill before your trip, your vacation investment has been protected and you will not hesitate to stay home with the sickly one
  • If you are sick, stay home! You will help stop the spread of the virus, you will feel more comfortable in your own bed and you will get better faster.  Remember a Disney vacation creates memories of a lifetime.  Do you really want to remember the vacation feeling ill or worse being so sick you don’t remember it at all?

Finally, if someone in your party contracts the flu while you are on your trip, talk to the front desk staff at your hotel as there are numerous doctors that make “resort calls” and even pharmacies that deliver to the Disney hotels.

The bottom line is, take precautions, but don’t worry.  Relax and have fun enjoying every minute of your vacation.  I know my family plans to!!

 

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