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(WISE, Va.) – Flu activity is increasing nationally and is now widespread in 25 states, including Virginia. If you've not had your flu vaccination yet this season, it's not too late. A flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect yourself and the people around you from influenza and its potentially serious complications.
 
The LENOWISCO Health District will offer free injectable seasonal flu vaccine on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last, to anyone 3 years of age and older, at the following locations:
Wise County/Norton City Health Department at 134 Roberts Avenue SW, Wise
Scott County Health Department at 190 Beech Street, Gate City
Lee County Health Department at 134 Hill Street, Jonesville
 
Influenza A (H3N2), 2009 Influenza A (H1N1) and influenza B have all been detected in Virginia in the 2013-14 season thus far. For this season, illness that disproportionately affects young and middle-aged adults may occur (similar to patterns observed during the 2009 pandemic).
 
All persons aged 6 months or older should be vaccinated against influenza each year. Particular effort should be made to vaccinate people at higher risk for influenza complications, including:
•         Pregnant and postpartum women, or those who will be pregnant during the influenza season;
•         Persons over 65 years of age, including residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities;
•         People who have chronic lung or heart problems, including asthma; and
•         People who have other serious medical conditions, such as diabetes, kidney disease, cystic fibrosis, anemia, cancer, weak immune systems (including those with HIV) or a seizure disorder.
 
All persons who develop influenza like illness who are at high risk of complications from influenza should seek care promptly to determine if treatment with influenza antiviral medications is warranted. The Virginia Department of Health continues to monitor our influenza surveillance systems that may indicate increases in severity of illness, predominating circulating strains, or trends in activity around the state.
 
To minimize your risk of contracting or transmitting the flu, follow these simple steps:
•         Get vaccinated;
•         Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, for at least 20 seconds;
•         Cover your cough, either by using a disposable tissue or coughing into your sleeve, not your hand; and
•         Stay at home when you are sick.
 
For more information, call the LENOWISCO Health District at 276-328-8000 or visit www.vdh.virginia.gov.
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