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H1N1 Flu virus is on the rise

(AP) WEST VIRGINIA - A Charleston health official says a strain of flu that put many people in the hospital five years ago is on the rise again.

Dr. Rahul Gupta of the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department says the H1N1 virus is the predominant flu strain circulating now. Commonly known as the "swine flu," the strain particularly affects young and middle-aged people.

Gupta says viruses have a tendency to get established and come back in the next few years. That's one of the reasons the H1N1 strain is included in the flu vaccine this year.

The doctor says flu activity is expected to rise in the next few weeks. He says now is the time to get a flu shot because it takes about two weeks to take effect.

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