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Stop Spreading the Flu

An influenza-like illness has been running rampant in Texas, Which has the Wichita Falls-Wichita County Health district on high alert.

The flu usually spreads by one sick person with the flu, coughing and sneezing into the air.

People should always cover their mouths and noses when coughing and sneezing, but there is one method that is safer than the rest.

"It is preferred if they grab a [tissue] to cover their mouth or nose when they are coughing or sneezing, and then once they're finished. They can throw that away and wash their hands," said Mistie Coovert with the Wichita County Public Health District.

Tissues are disposable, which makes them the best thing to use.

"People can also cover their mouth with just their hand then they need to immediately wash their hands or use an anti bacterial had sanitizer," said Coovert.

Using a handkerchief or sleeve is still better than coughing or blowing your nose into the air, but it is not recommended.

Coovert said a handkerchief or sleeve can hold germs that can pass things on.

If you do use a handkerchief, Coovert recommends washing it with hot water and laundry detergent daily.

The Wichita County Health District is still supplying flu vaccines Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information call the Health District at (940) 761-6841.

James Parish, Newschannel 6

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