Flu Cases On The Rise Locally

Thirty-six states, including right here in West Virginia and Ohio, have reported widespread flu activity. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says although January has never been historically a peak flu month, it is peaking now in Wheeling, and if you haven’t already done so, you should get a flu shot. One problem this year though, is that the flu shot is said to only be about 10 percent effective against this year’s flu strain. Still, health officials say getting one is better than nothing. If you do find yourself coming down with the flu, you should stay away from others to prevent spreading it. That means staying home from work or school, and avoiding healthcare facilities if possible. If you get the flu, expect it to last for about a week. Flu shots, while still available, take about two weeks to work. The best prevention is to avoid places where people with the flu may be, and wash your hands frequently.