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Flu season may get an early start in WV

10/13/2014

Charleston Daily Mail
By Samuel Speciale

Recent reports of flu cases in Maryland and Kentucky could mean West Virginia’s season may start sooner than expected, despite there not yet being any reported cases of influenza-like illnesses around the state.

Flu season typically starts in November or December and can last well into the spring, but recent years have seen outbreaks come as early as September or October.

While the severity of a flu season is difficult to predict, health officials say West Virginia is one of the states best-prepared to handle an outbreak.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ranks West Virginia third among states for having the highest number of immunized adults. About 52 percent got a flu shot during the 2013-2014 season compared to only 42 percent nationally.

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