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Businesses practice flu prevention

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Kids are home for winter break and looking for something fun to do, but some parents are worried about sending them to public places with such a busy flu season.

Terri Goforth said the rampant flu season hasn't stopped her family from getting out and enjoying their time off for the holidays. She took her kids to Colorado Canyon in Beaumont.

"You just have to be careful, make them wash their hands a lot and use sanitizer," Goforth said. "You can't keep them holed up the whole Christmas break."

Kali Lozano works at Colorado Canyon and said the holidays are a busy time of the year, so they take extra care in cleaning their equipment.

"We clean constantly because it gets gross," she said. "We don't want them to get sick and we don't want to get sick." 

Beaumont Public Health Director Sherry Ulmer said there are still five deaths related to the flu in Southeast Texas, but clinics continue to report waiting rooms full of people with concerns of the flu.

Pharmacist Laura Colson, who works at King Pharmacy, said they are running low on the flu shot.

Colson also said the shot takes two weeks to be effective so a person who has been exposed to the flu before they get the shot, is more than likely going to get the flu.

Experts still say the best thing to do is wash your hands, disinfect and get your flu shot.

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