Uptick in more serious strain of flu across state

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STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) -- It's still flu season in Virginia, and Dr. Laura Kornegay with the Central Shenandoah Health District said the state has seen a recent uptick in a more serious strain of the flu.

Kornegay said, based on the most recent reporting, there has been an increase in cases of the H3 strain. She said it is a strain that also went around last year. She added that it tends to be more severe, with more hospitalizations and a tendency to be more resistant to vaccines.

Even if you haven't gotten your flu vaccine yet, Dr. Kornegay said it's not too late.

"As long as flu is still circulating in communities, we suggest that people get vaccinated if they haven't had their annual flu vaccine," she said.

Kornegay said the very young and the very old are more at risk for the flu, but she said anyone can be susceptible.

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