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Flu Activity On the Rise in Washoe County

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According to health officials, flu activity is on the rise in Washoe County and it could get worse the next couple months.

Melissa Peak, epidemiologist with the Washoe County Health District, said January and February are the months most people get the flu, but the good news is she said this has not been an abnormally active flu season.

However, that being said, you still need to be aware of the symptoms.

"This year, because 2009 H1N1 is one of the predominant circulating strains, you can also have a gastrointestinal component, so you can have some vomiting, diarrhea associated with the cough, the fever, the sore throat."

Peak said H1N1 hits children and the young adult population more than any other age groups.

So, if that's you, be very careful.

If you think it's too late to get a flu shot and protect yourself, Peak said that's not true.

"It's not too late to get a flu shot, especially just entering into our peak of flu season. It would be a great idea for them to go out and get their flu shots. It's not too late. We have two weeks from the time you get your flu shot to the time your body develops immunity."

Aside form getting a shot, here's some easy tips that will give you a better chance of staying healthy.

  • Cover your cough.
  • If you don't feel well, stay home. Don't spread it at work or school.
  • Always wash your hands with soap and hot water.

Written by Chris Ciarlo

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