Reports from the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta anticipate this year to be one of the worst flu seasons in the past decade and Lubbock Public Health Coordinator Beckie Brawley says that from the week of November 5th on Lubbock has seen a spike in confirmed cases.
However, one company in Lubbock is here to help. Their name is GERMBLAST and for the past three years they have made it their mission to protect people from bacteria and viruses.
"We utilize advanced technology to kill bacteria in the environment, so if we keep bacteria levels low we can reduce the propensity for someone to contract something like staph or in today's case influenza," said GERMBLAST CEO Rodney Madsen.
"What makes us unique is not only do we kill bacteria but we also provide a polymer, if you will ... It is like a lacquer on top of any type of equipment or surface or touch point which continues to kill bacteria and viruses for a period of 90 days after we leave."
GERMBLAST caters predominantly to hospitals but they also clean schools, athletics facilities, work places and private homes. And with so many flu cases expected this year, their business is in overdrive.
"We're hearing a lot from the CDC saying this may be one of the worst flu seasons we've seen in a decade. We've already met the nationwide baseline this year for the flu. Last year it took us to mid March. We are seeing a lot of signs that this year will be a significant flu season."
There are five states the flu has hit the hardest so far: Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and Tennessee.
Even though Lubbock has largely avoided it people still need to take preventative measures. Beckie Brawley reiterated that it's never too late to get a flu shot. Make sure to get it while you are healthy and be patient, because it takes two weeks before you are immune.
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