Local Doctors Say Flu Season Could Be Worse Than Expected

By: Litsa Pappas Email
By: Litsa Pappas Email

It could be one of the worst flu seasons of the decade, but local doctors say it's totally unpredictable.

They do say the virus that's going around here now is worse than the flu strain we've seen in recent years. That's why you should be prepared just in case.

Doctor Doug Larsen at the Staunton-Augusta Health Department says the flu that's spreading now across the state started in the Valley.

Larsen says already hundreds of people in the Valley have gotten sick from it.

He says the flu season usually peaks around January, February, but this year it has already peaked in November and December.

Larsen says this specific virus that's going around can make you more sick than you expect.

"H-3 is one that's associated with a more severe illness. Some of the viruses will give you the flu symptoms but they won't be as severe. But in this area we saw quite a bit of activity in the schools and in the general population," said Larsen.

Larsen says about 20,000 people are expected to die from the flu this year. As of now, no one has died in this area.

He says you should get your flu shot to avoid this severe illness. Plus he says always wash your hands and maintain a healthy lifestyle to keep your immune system strong.

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