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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5)- Have you ever touched a door knob or handled money and thought about all of the people who have done the same thing before you? These are just a couple of examples of germ hotspots- and they can spread the flu virus. News Channel 5's Rachael Penton has the scoop on the germiest public places and how to avoid picking up an illness.

Flu season is still upon us in Central Louisiana.

"Flu season here has been pretty rough really. There's been a lot of sick people in Cenla," says Tim Turnage, of Cenla Urgent Care.

The flu virus and other illnesses can be spread through several germ hotspots.

"There's so many ways that you can get it without actually contacting a person," adds Turnage.

"Germ hotspot number 1 is at work, and the first place is your desk. From your monitor to the keyboard to the phone- they're all covered in germs."

So, get to scrubbing!

"You should clean your desk area. Shouldn't eat at your desk. You should sanitize everything," suggests Turnage.

There's also germs found in the break room and even worse than your co-workers stinky lunch are all of the germs that are hanging out on the refrigerator door."

The refrigerator door- at home or at work- should be cleaned weekly.

"Germ hotspot number 2 is the public restroom. Hand dryers and sinks are the most germ-ridden places. You should never exit the restroom without using a paper towel to open the door."

Coming in at number three is the bank. ATM buttons harbor an average of 1,200 germs including E-coli and cold and flu viruses.

"Also at the bank- cold, hard cash. Each bill contains about 26,000 germs."

The easiest and most efficient way to lose the germs is to wash your hands, and do it often.

"The proper hand washing technique is that you should have your hands soaped and under running water for at least 30 seconds, rubbing vigorously."

Follow these tips on battling germ hotspots and you might just beat the flu.

Healthcare professionals say it's never too late to get your flu shot. So if you haven't, you may want to consider getting yourself vaccinated.

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