Waterparks offer families a chance to have fun and be physically active. That fun may come with the risk of getting sick with infections from the water, illnesses that affect more than 10,000 Americans each year. One of the best ways to reduce the risk of infection is to make sure that parents and kids shower before playing at waterparks.

The University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital recently conducted a nationwide poll on children’s health and asked parents of elementary school kids about their perceptions of waterpark risks and basic waterpark rules. The sample included families who have taken their children to waterparks within the past year.

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