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CDC: Widespread flu activity in Virginia

(MGN Online)

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a map of flu activity in the United States, showing that Virginia is currently experiencing widespread flu activity.

The CDC said for week 49, December 3-9, 2017, flu activity increased in the United States.

The most frequently identified influenza virus right now is type A H3N2, but the CDC shows so far this year the flu vaccine is showing better protection against other strains in the high-affected areas on the map.

They wrote that a total of eight flu-associated pediatric deaths have been reported for the season and more than 1,200 people have been hospitalized with the flu.

In Virginia, 261 deaths have been blamed on the flu.

The CDC contends that the best way to protect you and your family is to get a vaccine.

While vaccine effectiveness can vary, recent studies show it reduces the risk of flu illness by between 40% and 60%, but also wash your hands with soap and water.

Symptoms of the flu include: fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, chills, runny nose, headache and fatigue.

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