Allen County Health Department encourages spring break safety

Spring break is right around the corner for local schools. and the Allen County Health Department knows that too.

Posted: Mar 27, 2018 8:22 PM
Updated: Mar 28, 2018 9:31 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- They promise not to take the fun out of the experience.

They just want everyone to be safe.

"If kids are going out by themselves, you really want to sit down and talk to them about the really important things they might be exposed to like drinking, drugs, those kind of things because kids tend to do crazy things when they go off by themselves in a group together," Dr. Deborah McMahan said.

She's urging parents to talk to their kids. Create scenarios. Ask them how they would act in peer pressure situations. Northwest Allen County School District's chief communication director is doing the same reminding kids safety tips before break.

"Have maybe even a code word established before you go out to have with friends, so if anybody is uncomfortable and they want to get out of the situations quickly they can have an easy simple word they can say to get out of the situation." Lizette Downey added.

Familiarize yourself with destinations so you can fight off any illnesses.

"Make sure you have medications if you need them, the appropriate vaccinations, immunizations for the country you're going to," McMahan said.

If you take medication, be sure to have enough while you're away.

Avoiding potential risk can make the difference between a great vacation and a bad experience.

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