Flu season is in full swing and many Basin families have been laid out with the sickness. A simple recommendation from TriCounty Health Department’s Nursing Director Nicole Smith could save your family the misery of the flu in your home. “Handwashing is the single most effective way to prevent the flu and other illnesses,” shares Smith. “Science has proven this is the easiest and cheapest way to stay healthy.” In fact, soap is nicknamed the Do It Yourself vaccine because of its effectiveness. Hand sanitizer is also an option for cleaning hands but is not as effective as handwashing. There are hospitalizations for the flu currently in the Basin and the flu is most devastating to small children and the elderly, explains Smith. Flu shots are still available at TriCounty Health and are also recommended. Visit www.tricountyhealth.com for more information.