Flu cases spike in Missouri

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo.–The country is heading into what seems to be the peak of flu season, and in just one week, flu cases more than doubled in the state.

There are now more than 5,000 cases, and 16 people have died in Missouri.

A recent warning from the FDA shows there might be one less option for preventing the flu’s spread.

The Food and Drug Administration sent a warning out to the makers of Purell hand sanitizer last month saying the company has been advertising it’s products to be useful in preventing illnesses, without providing any science to back it up.

Though the FDA says Purell was providing false advertising, the CDC says that doesn’t mean their products aren’t doing what they are made to do.

“There is some science that does say that it does help and a lot of that is because of the alcohol and the friction that you’re using on your hands,” said Jean Grabeel, director of Health Services. “That helps take off the top layers of germs that are there, but it’s not 100% effective, good soap and water is what’s effective.”

Purell has started to take down some of the warnings on its website, and pinned a response to the top of their homepage.

The CDC says to watch for the percentage of alcohol in the hand-sanitizers you’re using. Any with 60-percent or more is best, any less and you can’t guarantee it’s useful.

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