The panic over the flu epidemic is real. So real, in fact, that a youth soccer league in New York has banned high-fives to protect players. On Monday, the Manhattan Soccer Club sent out an email telling parents that "touching elbows" was the safest thing to do during the traditional high-five exchange.

Parents agreed with the decision. Andy Stenzler, whose 10-year-old daughter plays in the league, said, “It shows that [the club] is on top of what is going on with the flu outbreak, and they have come up with a great solution that shows good sportsmanship while also reducing the chance of transferring the flu."

This drastic move comes as parents are finding it increasingly difficult to get flu shots for their children, even after Governor Cuomo granted pharmacists permission to give shots to kids from six months to 18-years-old. Flu shots are typically only given to adults.

[via NY Post]