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Ring Around the Rosies

Many people say this song is about the Great Plague, when many people got sick in Europe in the 1600s. But music experts do not agree. Even so, it takes more than singing to stop contagious diseases. Learn about how to stop and treat pandemic flu.

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Pandemic Flu
Things you can do every day to help limit the spread of germs and prevent infection!

How can you stop the spread of flu and other contagious diseases? Four things make a difference: vaccination against seasonal flu, good health habits like frequent hand-washing, and cleaning and disinfecting surfaces that might spread germs. Learn more from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention .

(Start activity with children hold hands and dance around in a circle)

Ring around the rosies
A pocket full of posies;
Ashes, Ashes
All stand still.
(Children hold still)

The King has sent his daughter,
To fetch a pail of water;
(Children hold hands and dance around in a circle)
Ashes, Ashes
All fall down
. (Children fall to the floor)

The bird upon the steeple,
Sits high above the people;
(Children hold hands and dance around in a circle)
Ashes, Ashes
All kneel down
. (Children kneel)

The wedding bells are ringing,
The boys and girls are singing;
(Children hold hands and dance around in a circle)
Ashes, Ashes,
All fall down
. (Children fall to the floor)