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Flu Season Begins in the Ohio Valley

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Despite the sunny unseasonably warm weather, the fact is, flu season is here.

Health officials in West Virginia already say there are some reported cases, even in the Northern Panhandle.

So county health departments say right now is the perfect time to get your flu shot, since it takes two weeks to take effect.

They’re not calling it anything particular this year. Not the swine flu or the bird flu or H1N1.

But make no mistake, it’s miserable.

It involves a high fever, body aches, chills, coughing and it lasts five to seven days.

There’s no shortage of flu vaccine.

Flu shots are available at your doctor’s office, your pharmacist and your county health department.

“So there is no specific name for this year. It’s a seasonal flu shot. It’s a quatravalent flu vaccine which means it has four strains of the flu that may be circulating that you’re going to be protected against. It is not a live virus so you won’t get sick from it. It’s a dead virus, the way it’s made,” said Howard Gamble, Ohio County Health Dept. Administrator. 

This year it is an injection in the arm. The nasal mist is not available.

While it was popular with parents and children, it had such a low effectiveness rate, they’re not using it this year.

And they say the flu itself can lead to death in the very young, the elderly or those with health problems.

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