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Wednesday, May 29, 2024

‘Flu season far from over’: Riverside Doctors’ Hospital urges public to get flu shots

Virginia Health officials are warning Williamsburg residents to get their flu shots before it's too late.(Courtesy photo/U.S. Air Force)
Virginia Health officials are warning Williamsburg residents to get their flu shots before it’s too late.(Courtesy photo/U.S. Air Force)

WILLIAMSBURG — The flu season typically peaks in February, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned influenza could continue to spread.

“[E]levated influenza activity is expected to continue for several more weeks,” the CDC stated on Feb. 16.

For Dr. O.T. Adcock Jr, associate medical director for Riverside Medical Group, that means it’s not too late for non-vaccinated members of the public to get their flu shots before they get the flu.

“There’s almost no reason not to get a flu shot,” Adcock said in a Riverside news release. “The flu is still out there everywhere, and you need to be very careful.”

The 2017-2018 flu season was further complicated by the influenza virus’ tendency to mutate every season, according to the release.

The flu vaccine is the best protection against influenza, but frequent hand washing, staying away from ill people, and remaining home when sick can help prevent the spread of the virus.

It is possible to get the flu twice in one season due to the mutations and strains of the virus, Adcock said.

“If you have just a runny nose and a scratchy throat, that’s probably not the flu,” Adcock said in the release. “Typically if you have a fever, cough and aches, then you probably have the flu – and you’re probably going to feel pretty badly within 24 hours of the time that starts.”

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