Flu season continues as allergy season begins

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HARRISON COUNTY, W. Va. (WDTV) As trees and flowers start to bloom, flu season is still in full swing.

The center for disease control and prevention says the flu season may continue into late April, but with this overlap, how can you know if your runny nose is just a sign of spring or a sign of something more serious?

Well, nurse practitioner Shelly Rowan says the best way to know what you're dealing with is to know all the symptoms.

To stop these issues before they start, being prepared is key. Rowan says hand washing is still the best thing you can do to prevent the spread of viruses.

Touching handles and exchanging money can easily lead to catching a bug. As for allergies, pollen falling from blooming trees and plants can cause flu-like symptoms, along with other outdoor elements.

Rowan says it's best to keep your distance, and there are a few other ways to help, but if any symptoms become severe, seek out assistance from a medical professional.

If you are still in need of a flu shot, you can contact your primary care physician to schedule an appointment.