TriCounty Health Urges Handwashing to Battle Flu Season

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 for more information. 


Kristin Baldwin

Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.