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Facebook App Helps Track Down Who 'Gave You the Flu'


Health officials say this year say the flu is packing a hard punch and is peaking about a month earlier than usual. The CDC says the flu is widespread now in 41-states with 18 deaths across the country. At least three of those deaths were children here in michigan.

Now, there's an app to help called "Help, My Friend Gave Me the Flu," which you can get on Facebook. 

It's not very scientific, but it basically finds out who in your circle of friends is sick, so you know who to avoid, or who to blame if you're not feeling well.

It doesn't give you tips to get better, but it does give you some hints on who to blame. On Facebook, search for the app. It'll search your friends to see who's posted about being sick and that can help tell you who got you sick or who to avoid.

Gimmick or not, the app has already had around 75,000 'likes.'

Spreading germs is what almost stopped Lansing mom Abigail Provenzano from bringing her 17-month-old son to Impression 5 Science Center.

"I heard on the radio about how the flu is pretty intense this time and I thought, 'oh my goodness.' Bringing him around other kids really concerned me," said Provenzano.

At Impression 5 in Lansing, the workers encourage everyone to use their five senses. Because the center is so hands on, officials say they take extra precautions to make sure it stays clean.

"The more you're able to touch science, the better understanding that you'll get," said Micaela Balzer, Director of Innovation and Learning at Impression 5. "We have a strict cleaning procedure."

Balzer says 11,000 people walk through their doors each month, so hand sanitizers, tissues and special "Clean Me" bins for parents to use are important to keep everyone healthy.

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