Bronx churches taking precautions during services to stop spread of influenza

(11/27/04) NORWOOD - With the flu vaccine in short supply nationwide, Bronx churches are taking precautions to reduce the spread of germs among parishioners.

Monsignor Robert Trainor is allowing his parishioners at the Church of Saint Ann in Norwood to skip some traditions, such as hand holding during the greeting of peace, to avoid getting or spreading the flu. And until flu season wraps up, it is now off limits for clergy to make contact with a person's hand or tongue while receiving communion. The New York Archdiocese came up with the suggestions to keep churchgoers healthy.

Archdiocese leaders are also advising Bronx clergy members to take a sick day if they suspect they have the flu.

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