Virginia is reporting widespread flu activity and the number of people seeking care for influenza-like illnesses has increased in the past several weeks, according to the Virginia Department of Health.
“The trend is definitely upward, but this is normal for this time of year,” said health director Dr. Nzinga Teule-Hekima.
Local physician offices are now reporting that they are making the diagnosis of influenza more frequently.
“It is still not too late to get your flu vaccine for this year,” said Dr. Teule-Hekima.
The Peninsula Health District, Virginia Department of Health, continues to offer the seasonal influenza vaccine at no cost at its Newport News location.
Influenza vaccine is recommended for everyone over the age of 6 months, including pregnant women. Injectable flu vaccine is available.
Basic preventative measures help prevent the transmission of influenza and they include frequent handwashing, disinfection of common surfaces, covering mouth and nose when coughing/sneezing with tissue or inside of elbow and not the hands, and avoid contact with others if you are sick.
If a person does develop influenza like illness, especially those who are at high risk of complications, they should seek medical care promptly to determine if treatment with influenza antiviral medications is warranted. Antiviral medications can potentially shorten the course of the illness and reduce the incidence of complications.
Free Flu Vaccines
Free flu vaccines are available at the Immunization Clinic, Peninsula Health Center, 416 J Clyde Morris Blvd, Newport News, VA, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 8:00am-11:00am and 1:00pm-4:00pm and Wednesday from 1:00pm-4:00pm. No appointment is required.
For more information, please call (757)594-7410.