RICHMOND (WRIC) - Dr. Christopher Dietz says his clinic in Carytown has already seen several flu cases since the New Year.
They're not alone. The Center for Disease Control released new numbers showing Virginia is one of 10 states with "widespread" flu activity.
"Within the last 7 to 10 days we've noticed an influx of influenza cases both type A and type B," Dietz says. "We're getting reports of outbreaks at schools and nursing home settings, but we're also seeing an increase of individuals visiting emergency departments and urgent care centers for influenza-like illness."
That includes symptoms like fever, dry cough, muscle ache and fatigue.
But health experts say you can avoid that by getting the flu shot.
"It's not too late," Dietz says. "Flu season will last another month or two. It takes about two weeks for it to convey any sort of immunity, so I still recommend it."
"It's a good match this year between the viruses that the vaccine protects against and the flu viruses that we see circulation around the country and here in Virginia," says Dr. David Trump.
Doctors also recommend watching your hands frequently and avoiding touching your mouth, nose or eyes.
"Keep in mind too influenza is a respiratory virus, a patient who has influenza they cough or sneeze it's aerosolized throughout the air, so a person walking by can inhale that."
If you do get sick, you should get treated right away.
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