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Businesses Take Precaution with Flu Season Upon Us

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Flu season is in full swing.

While the Wisconsin Department of Health does not track every flu case, records show at least 146 people have been hospitalized with the virus across the state from October 5 through December 14.

The week ending December 14, when it last received data from providers, northeast Wisconsin had a moderate level of influenza-like activity, everywhere else had low activity.

Action 2 News looked into how businesses are taking precaution against the spread of germs.

By design, all the exhibits inside The Children's Museum of Green Bay are interactive.

It's up to the staff to keep them clean and safe and even more so now, during the flu season.

"If we didn't take care of our museum, we would be one of the first places that would be a great place to catch something," says Tara Peloquin, the museum's Operations Manager.

There are hand-sanitizer stations, signs in the bathrooms, even children's-sized sinks to encourage hand-washing.

"We're following the kids around, watching what goes in their mouth, so we can grab it and take it off the floor for sanitizing it," adds Peloquin.

The staff also regularly checks the water gallery.

"Water is a really easy way to spread germs, so on a regular basis, we test our water throughout the day and maintain appropriate levels," she said.

Friday's results are normal.

The museum's pro-active approach eases the mind of grandmother Peggy Quinn.

"You always think about germs and if they're going to catch something, but you can't live in a bubble either," said Quinn.

St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay is also trying to do all it can to prevent the spread of germs.

Dr. Manar Alshahouri, who specializes in sleep and respiratory care, says the staff received a memo a couple weeks ago after flu cases starting spiking.

"The memo was:  If you hadn't had a vaccine, the flu vaccine, you are required to wear a mask," said Alshahouri. "The flu is here, protect yourself and protect others."

State health officials and doctors say flu cases rise this time of year when more people spend time indoors and they can spread the virus to family and friends during the holidays.

It's not too late to get the vaccine.

The flu season is expected to peak sometime in the first couple months of the new year.

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