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Health Official: Aggressive Flu Strain Has Arrived

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We have had mild strains of the flu the past couple of years here in northern Nevada, but health officials say this year is turning into something much more severe. 

On my weekend show Face the State, I asked Lynnie Shore, the immunization program director with the Washoe County Health District if they are seeing more cases of the flu.

"It's here and the CDC has reported widespread activity in Nevada and in 38 states in the United States."

Shore said most people who get the flu can tell you to the hour when they got sick.

She said it's a very aggressive strain. There's a sudden onset of fatigue, headache, runny nose and sometimes a fever.

Other people can have just a couple of these symptoms, but feel well enough to go to work and school and they do.

Shore said that's a bad idea because you are still a carrier and can get others sick.

She said the best way to prevent catching the flu, is getting a flu shot. She said 70% of  middle-aged people who get the shot don't get the flu.

I asked her if somebody can get sick from a flu shot.

"Sometimes, they might feel a little achey, like body aches. Maybe even a light fever, but it usually dissolves in a day or two. The side effects for the mist is usually congested, a runny nose or headache. Trust me, much less severe symptoms than if you were actually getting flu symptoms."

To watch my entire interview, tune in to Face the State this weekend. It airs Saturday at 4:30am and 3:30pm. It also airs Sunday at 6:30am and 4pm.

Written by Chris Ciarlo

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