When it comes to flu prevention, we can keep our homes and personal items clean, but have little control over public places.
One Rockford hair salon explains how it works to keep their clients, and their employees, healthy.
Hospitals are full and area schools are seeing high numbers of absences. To make sure the height of the flu season does not affect it's business, Beth Ann Weis Salon and Spa isn't taking any shortcuts.
"So you know you can't avoid going to the store and things like that but you can do some precautions to help yourself"
Trish Frumkin knows getting enough sleep and washing her hands often are two good ways to keep healthy during flu season.
But for businesses that see a lot of traffic, they have to take extra care not to make their customers sick.
"First I'll go and wash my hands, that's standard for each and every client, " says massage therapist Tonya Wallace. For her, precautions don't end when the massage does. "If I have a client and they've had some kind of a sniffle, I'll take the Lysol and spray the face cradle."
And for the linens she uses on her massage bed? "It's just best to go ahead and wash that stuff right away. That way no one else is touching it."
Hair stylist Nicole Stringini comes in contact with everyone who walks in the front door. "I work front desk and I'm a stylist so I'm everywhere in the Salon, I'm constantly with Lysol and our hospital grade disinfectants."
She adds, "we don't want to bring it home to our family, with little children, so we get really nervous about it"
With all the care Wallace and Stringini take to keep their work spaces clean, Frumkin says the thought of catching the flu at her favorite salon does not cross her mind. "There's germs around us every day, and I have Purell always in my purse so I do constantly wash my hands. So I'm not worried," says Frumkin
The salon also replaces the magazines in the waiting area with new, clean ones once a month, as another way to keep germs and viruses out.
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