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Flu is Here; Keep your workplace germ-free

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Doctor Jeffrey Reynolds says the flu has officially hit the Yakima Valley.  He's treated three confirmed cases so far.

"When i walk into a room, and they're laying down huddled in a ball, it's probably the flu." he says.

Dr. Reynolds has the usual advice, "Stay indoors, get plenty of fluids and rest."  But he also recommends a new over-the-counter medicine, Mucinex D.  He says it'll help clear up what he calls the "gunk" in your head and chest, caused by the influenza virus.

Tamiflu is another option, but Reynolds say you need to take it within a few days of when you first feel sick.  Because the flu starts out feeling like a cold, you may not catch it in time.

Keeping your office germ free

If you have the flu, one of the best things you can do for your co-workers is to stay home until you feel better.

Dr. Judith Page, Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, said, "one of the other important things to remember is that if you're sick, you need to stay home. (Especially) If you have any type of elevated temperature or uncontrolled cough."

Dr. Page also recommends a hand sanitizer is useful.  Try keeping a bottle in your desk at work, she suggests.