Warmer weather brings increased flu exposure

Community Care of West Virginia continues to battle the 2016-2017 flu season, which has been particularly aggressive in West Virginia with several outbreaks happening across the state.

Due to the warm weather patterns and a milder winter, predictions show that the flu season has the potential to continue well into April.

“When the temperatures stay warmer, people are out more and germs spread,” explained Rick Simon, CEO of Community Care of West Virginia. “We are seeing it in our clinics. There has been an increase in the number of people that are coming in and seeking medical attention for flu symptoms.”

There are two strains of the flu currently widespread in West Virginia, Influenza A and Influenza B. Influenza A is the more widely diagnosed strain affecting the West Virginia population, but both have been confirmed as present.

Community Care of West Virginia urgespeople to take precautions with their health and take actions to protect themselves against contracting the flu.

“It is very important for individuals to get their flu vaccinations this year,” said Simon. “By taking steps to lower your likelihood of contracting either strain, we can stop the spread and prevent further outbreaks.”

Those seeking a flu shot or attention for flu-like symptoms or other health concerns can contact Community Care of West Virginia in Clay to schedule an appointment. Anyone needing same-day care is encouraged to call that day to be worked in to an available opening and avoid having to wait to receive medical attention.

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