Some good news when it comes to the flu virus here in West Virginia. The number of cases has plateaued according to Dr. Rahul Gupta, with the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department.
But that doesn’t mean the season is over.
“The cases are not necessarily decreasing but they are staying steady,” according to Gupta.
The state began to see the flu ramp up in early December. That is not common for West Virginia. It usually happens in February or March. But cases continued to climb last month into January. Gupta says we’re now about eight weeks into what is usually a 12-week flu season.
So far, the season has been listed as a ‘moderately severe.’ What happens next is anyone’s guess..
“It’s really very hard to predict whether we’re going to have another peak, whether we will come down now or we’ll stay steady,” Gupta said.
There have been several flu-related deaths here in West Virginia and hundreds are still being admitted to the hospital each week.
Gupta warns if you’ve already had the flu don’t think you’re out of the woods for the rest of the season.
“Even if you did get sick from the flu, that was only one strain of the flu virus,” Gupta explained. “You could still possibly be at risk for another strain of the flu virus.”
It’s not too late to get a flu shot. Unlike other states, West Virginia has plenty of the vaccine left and you can still find it at your doctor’s office, pharmacies and health departments.