Winter is upon us and doctors are reporting the first cases of the flu in the Valley.
Dr. Greg Jesteadt in Harrisonburg says he started to see patients with the flu last Friday. He says he's only treated a handful of cases so far.
People of various ages have been affected. He says it's typically this time of year when flu cases crop up.
However, at this point in the season, it's just too late to use some preventive measures.
"Getting the flu shot at this point is rather useless. Flu season's going to come and go before any immunity is conferred at all from the shot," says Jesteadt.
Jesteadt adds the biggest problem he sees is patients not getting to doctors quickly enough. He says it becomes harder to lessen the severity of flu symptoms after the first 48 hours.