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Flu activity in Virginia now seen as 'widespread'

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) -- Health officials say flu activity in Virginia has increased in recent weeks.  

The Virginia Department of Health reported Thursday that for the past two weeks, the state has seen "widespread" activity, meaning the virus has been confirmed in at least half the regions of the state.

So far, more than 200 flu cases have been reported and confirmed by lab reports, with most cases coming from young children aged one to four. The state also has seen one flu outbreak, which was at an assisted living facility in the northern part of the state.

No deaths have been reported in Virginia.

North Carolina health officials say six people died from the flu in the state last week, raising the death toll for the season to 16.

It's not too late to get a flu shot. The CDC says flu activity can last as late as May.

Flu shots will be offered at Walmart during their Wellness Day on Saturday. They are also available at Patient First, CVS and Walgreens. 

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