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Best Defense Against Flu Germs? Try Washing Your Hands

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PONTIAC (WWJ) - Are you trying to avoid getting sick with either a cold or the flu? One of your best methods of defense is actually something that you should be doing everyday anyway.

Kathy Forzley with the Oakland County Health Department said the best way to keep the germs away is by washing your hands or using hand sanitizer.

“We always say that hand washing is the best thing you can do, that friction scrub with soap under running water is the very best thing you can do. When you can’t, when you don’t have access to a sink, then we recommend having sanitizer with you that you can use between hand washing,” said Forzley.

Forzley added the flu season doesn’t start until mid to late February, so if you haven’t had your flu shot — there is still time.

“In terms of flu, we would highly recommend getting the seasonal flu shot,” she said.

Anyone who can’t afford a flu shot can go to their local health department for assistance. Forzley said there are several programs that can help out families, including some low-cost shot clinics.

  • For flu shot information in Macomb County, click here.
  • For flu shot information in Oakland County, click here.
  • For flu shot information in Wayne County, click here.
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