Originally written on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 11/19/14

The fear over this year's flu epidemic becoming more widespread has prompted a New York City youth sports club to ban high-fives and fist bumps during games. Panic over the vicious strain of flu — and a shortage of the flu vaccine — forced the Manhattan Soccer Club to send an e-mail to parents warning that "the safest thing to do is touch elbows" during the traditional lineup for team high-fives. It sounds like the Ladybugs just became the Flubugs. Parents are all aboard the proposed high-five ban even if the precautionary measure puts a little damper on the kids' team spirit. While city parents are having a hard time finding flu shot for their children, because they are usually only given to adults over 18 in New York,  Gov. Cuomo is now allowing pharmacies to give vaccinations to children from 6 months to 18 years old. Most pharmacies won't give the shots to children under 7 because they don't have adequately trained personnel and the kids get different dosages. I guess its okay for adults to get jabbed by the sadistic store clerks.

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