BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC)- "Alabama is one of the states where we are already seeing cases of the flu," explains UAB nurse practitioner D'Ann Someral.
She says avoiding it can be quite simple. "Washing or using hand sanitizer is the number one way to prevent the flu and rhino virus which is what causes the common cold, because it is transmitted hand to hand."
The Center for Disease Control says using water and soap is the best way to keep your hands clean, but there are those who rely mostly on hand sanitizers to get the job done. Someral says it's great if there are no other options, but it can leave hands vulnerable to the stuff that can make you sick.
"Viruses are not bacteria and so it may kill 99% of bacteria, but it's not going to kill everything that can affect you, that can cause illness."