Widespread flu continues in Central Virginia

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. CBS19 NEWS) -- Despite recent beautiful weather, it is still flu season.

According to the Thomas Jefferson Health District, flu season continues through the end of May.

The week ending March 9, Virginia remained at the widespread flu level. During the 2018-2019 flu season, state officials report that Virginia has been at the widespread level for 11 weeks.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that flu activity will remain elevated through the end of March.

Kathryn Goodman from the health district cautions everyone to remain on high alert.

"At this point, the flu is still out there and it's pretty widespread across the state and the country," Goodman said.

She said the best way to keep from getting the flu is to follow some simple advice.

"Wash your hands a lot," Goodman said. "And if you feel sick, stay home so you are not exposing other people. And you can still go get your flu shot."

She also said make sure you use soap and hot water to wash your hands because hand sanitizers don't always kill all of the flu strains.

Experts say you can pick up the flu bug just by being six feet away from some someone coughing or sneezing.

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