Statement re: SummerKids Summer Experience

Re: SuperKids Summer Experience

New York,New York (July 14, 2009)

Due to the immediate threat of H1N1, the American Lung Association in New York is canceling three "SuperKids Summer Experience" asthma camps operating in the New York City metropolitan area for the remainder of the summer. The Lung Association sponsors the popular summer camps in partnership with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation.

Effective immediately, the following camps are cancelled:

•  The SuperKids Summer Experience at the Pelham Fitz Recreation Center in Marcus Garvey Park in Manhattan (122nd Street and 5th Avenue)

•  The SuperKids Summer Experience at St. John's Recreation Center in Brooklyn (1251 Prospect Place)

•  The SuperKids Summer Experience at Hunts Point Recreation Center in the Bronx (761 Manida Street)

The asthma camps are operated with medical oversight by the Harlem Hospital Center, the Kings County Hospital Center, and the Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center, respectively.

At all the "SuperKids Summer Experience" camps, children 8-11 learn how to manage their asthma while enjoying fun activities like swimming, obstacle courses, games, and arts and crafts. Additionally, specially trained counselors and medical staff teach the children about asthma medication triggers, and management techniques that are vital to their success in controlling this chronic lung disease.

While seasonal influenza is not usually common during the summer months, the H1N1 influenza strain has been more widespread this summer and flu cases have arisen at such camps held earlier this summer elsewhere in the country.

Since influenza poses a special health risk to children with asthma, extra caution must be taken to protect the health and welfare of this vulnerable population.