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Don't drink the hand sanitizer

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November

Sanitizer Schools have become ground zero for the war against swine flu.

They're the place to go for vaccinations. They've made plans to provide alternative education if too many kids get sick. They advise all children to cough into their elbow, wash their hands frequently and use hand sanitizer, too, which can be found in conspicuous places throughout campus.

But about that hand sanitizer. Concerns still remain about what some blogs call "booze ooze."

Kids are drinking the stuff, which has an alcohol content of 60 percent (sometimes more). Lee County schools had banned hand sanitizer because of this, relenting only in the face of the swine flu wave crossing the country.

MacLeans reports that kids who have tried it prefer their hand sanitizer straight up: "It dries out the throat, and tastes bitter and foul — in short, nothing like the fruity flavours it promises, such as warm vanilla sugar, Japanese cherry blossom, coconut lime verbena, cucumber melon, midnight pomegranate and nectarine mint."

Should we worry that students might take a shot when teachers aren't looking?

(Photo from St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

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[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:41am]

    

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