Flu

Flu outbreak hits Virginia's vulnerable populations

Flu outbreak hits Virginia's vulnerable populations

Don’t let the flu vaccine pass you by.

With 49 states reporting widespread cases of the flu and emergency room visits increasing for the virus in Virginia, local health officials caution that people should still get the vaccine.

Not only will a vaccine reduce your chances of getting the flu, it will also help minimize symptoms if you do get it, said Dr. William Berg, director of the Virginia Department of Health’s Peninsula and Hampton health districts.

“Instead of being dead, you’re in the hospital, or instead of being in the hospital, you’re home in bed, or instead of being home in bed, you’re at work coughing and irritating your colleagues,” Berg said.

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