Flu activity continues to be widespread throughout Virginia, according to state and federal health officials.
Information compiled by the Virginia Department of Healthshows the number of people seeking medical care for the flu increasing among all age groups and across all areas of the state.
"Visits for influenza-like illness continue to trend upward, which is not atypical for this point in a flu season," said Dr. Laurie Forlano, deputy state epidemiologist with the Virginia Department of Health. "We continue to conduct surveillance for influenza and would like to remind everyone that it is not too late to get vaccinated."
Find out where to get a flu shot near you. You can also use this Flu Vaccine Finder at flu.gov.
While the flu can make anyone sick, the Centers for Disease Control point out that certain people are at greater risk for serious flu-related complications, like pneumonia and bronchitis. These groups include:
- Children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years old.
- Adults aged 65 and older.
- Pregnant women.
- American Indians and Alaskan Natives.
And people who have medical conditions including:
- Neurological and neurodevelopmental conditions.
- Chronic lung disease.
- Heart disease.
- Blood disorders.
- Endocrine disorders.
- Kidney disorders.
- Liver disorders.
- Metabolic disorders.
- Weakened immune system due to disease or medication.
- People younger than 19 years of age who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy.
- People who are morbidly obese.
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For more information about influenza, its symptoms, prevention and treatment, or cases reported, you can visit flu.gov, the CDC, the Virginia Department of Health, or the District of Columbia Department of Health.