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What are people doing to fight the flu frenzy?

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State health officials say emergency rooms and clinics are seeing a high volume of patients due to flu outbreak. 

Hannah Mizell had the flu and said, "I was working and I kind of started feeling bad and I was like 'It can't be the flu, it's just a cold'. I got home and I literally slept for 4 days."

According to The Alabama Department of Public Health, two-thirds of the state is experiencing "significant" influenza activity.

Courtney Holland had the flu and said, "I had it in October and it was because a lot of the girls in my sorority had it and it was passed around."

Doctors say anyone with a job that involves interacting with other people faces some risk of catching the virus.

Sue Lyon has not had the flu and said, "Several of the agents in our real estate company have really been down with it kind of bad. And when it hits, it hits the whole family which is really kind of scary."

"Some of the girls that I work with had the flu and I work at a boutique and it was right around Christmas. So it was very, very stressful," Mizell said. 

The flu virus can live on hard surfaces, like doors and door handles, for up to 24 hours. So what are popular Mobile businesses doing to help eliminate some of those germs? 
The general manager for "The Spot of Tea" in downtown Mobile, Chrissi Moore, says she's enforcing hand-washing harder than usual. 

"And constantly reminding, not just the staff, but also our guest that use sanitizer.... It doesn't kill all the germs. It's washing first and then using sanitizer that helps," Moore said. 

With health facilities reaching maximum capacity, people in Mobile County are doing whatever they can to avoid the virus. 

Hope Golida has not had the flu and says, "I try to have a lot of vitamin C, stay healthy, not get too close to my friends who have had the flu, sleep a lot."

"Don't drink after other people, even if it's your friends or family. Just try to stay away from that and sanitize hands," Holland said. 

"I try to always dwell on positive things and I don't worry about getting the flu or getting this or getting that. I just try to stay very positive and I rarely get sick," Lyon said. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the 2018 flu season is expected to be one of the worst in years. Widespread cases have been reported in 46 states, including Alabama.

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