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Flu Season Hits West Virginia Early
Written by Andrew Forgotch
Last updated on January 07, 2013 @ 8:25PM
Created on January 07, 2013 @ 6:47PM
Health departments all across the state have reported high number of flu cases.
 
The latest totals showed that there were more than 10-thousand confirmed cases of the flu across the state.
 
What's shocking is that that might be a low estimate. That's because doctors rely on numbers from doctors from across the state to report the number of cases they treated. The problem is that not everyone who is sick goes to the doctor's office.
 
As of mid-December there had been more than 10-thousand cases of the flu in West Virginia. Last year there were a little less than 6-thousand cases for the entire month of December.
 
Health officials are concerned because the flu season typically hits in late January or early February.
 
The good news in all of this is that the strain that's going around is the H3N2, and that's what's included in the flu vaccine.
 
Ted Krafczyk, an epidemiologist with the Monongalia County Health Department, said it's not too late to get a flu shot.
 
Krafczyk also said to parent the flu it's a good idea that you wash your hands on a regular basis.

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