When can you play golf with your kids?
A new rule that was designed to curb the spread of Lyme disease in the United States has sparked a lot of discussion among parents, golfers and parents.
The new rule, announced last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), requires all parents to wear a tick-exam kit when playing golf with their children.
“The rules we’ve been working on are going to require parents to be wearing the kit as part of their routine when playing with their kids,” said John Waugh, director of the Centers of Disease Control Lyme Disease and Associated Diseases Laboratory.
“I think it’s a very good idea to get a kit out there and get them tested before they come home and play golf.”
Waugh said it was a good idea, given the risk to children from Lyme disease and the high cost of testing.
“You’re going to get some pretty big numbers,” he said.
“It’s not an easy decision, but it’s one we’re willing to make.”
Wear a tick test kit before playing with your childIf your child has been diagnosed with Lyme disease, and you’re concerned about spreading the disease to your child, it’s important to wear the tick-test kit before you play with your son or daughter, Waugh said.
“We have the most comprehensive tick testing program in the country, and we don’t recommend doing it before you’re playing with them,” he added.
“It’s going to be a risk to their health, and it’s going a lot more cost to do it now, so we’re trying to get the costs down.”
The CDC has been trying to come up with a way to make testing for Lyme disease easier.
“There’s a really high risk of transmission when you have a child who’s not fully vaccinated, and that’s a big reason why they’ve been trying so hard to get this rule changed,” Waugh explained.
The rules change is only temporary, but there’s no telling how long it will last.
In the meantime, Wain said the rule changes should make it easier for parents to keep tabs on their kids’ ticks while they’re playing.
“For parents, this will be an exciting time,” he concluded.
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