Health Officials: Flu Strains on the Rise in Va.

Jan. 6, 2014

Cases of the flu are picking up across the U.S., and Virginia is one of 25 states now reporting widespread activity.

According to the Department of Health, the most prevalent strain of the flu is H1N1, which became known as the “swine flu” during the 2009 outbreak.

The strain tends to affect children and young and middle-aged adults.

Breaking down the flu outbreak by region, the areas seeing the highest number of cases are northern Virginia and southwest Virginia. The City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County are considered part of the northwest region, though both areas are currently seeing the lowest levels of flu cases.

Nationally, the highest flu rates are in Texas, Missouri, Mississippi and Alabama.

Health officials say the H1N1 strain is covered in the vaccine, and it's not too late to get a flu shot if you haven't already.

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