(Harlan) It is going around, but what can you do to save yourself from it?
Chances are you or someone you know has been under the weather. It’s likely that those around someone with illness have gone to several extremes to avoid that bug coming their way. Wash your hands, cover your cough, we’ve heard all these tips from a young age. Rachel Birks, Shelby County Public Health Nurse, says says most people could use another lesson in hand washing. If you don’t wash for long enough you are just wasting your time.
"It should take several seconds, they say whistle or sing happy birthday to yourself. Just getting them wet doesn't really kill any germs. If you can't wash your hands with soap and water then use a gel or hand liquid that has alcohol in it."
Disinfectant sprays have become very popular, but Birks says those only go so far.
"The most common way that the flu is spread is by nose and mouth, by coughing and sneezing. If you're around someone that is coughing or sneezing and has the flu virus in them and it lands on your mouth or nose and they start to breed, that's when you get sick."
Birks also says to make sure you stay home from work if you are sick to avoid spreading it to others.