Virginia Experiencing A Heightened Flu Season

By: Brendan Ponton Email
By: Brendan Ponton Email

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AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. With all this cold weather comes flu season.

As it turns out, Virginia is one of six states right now to see a heightened flu level, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

I reached out to the Department of Health for specific numbers, but couldn't reach anyone to comment.

Several nurses at Augusta Health said the numbers are probably higher in other parts of the state, which is the reason for the CDC's heightened level.

So far, the nurses said it's been a quiet start to the flu season here in the Valley.

There was a health fair for seniors at the government center in Verona where seniors could get flu shots Wednesday.

The nurses there said it was actually quieter than normal and many of the seniors may have already gotten their flu shots, but they remind you it's still not too late to get your shot and that it's not just about you.

"I have parents that are older. I have children. If I stay healthy, then that's going to be a less chance of them getting sick, as well. It's called a herd immunity," said Dana Breeding, a registered nurse with Augusta Health.

There are several things you can do to prevent the flu from spreading: wash your hands often, stay hydrated, eat a balanced diet and stay warm when out in the cold. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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