Health officials don’t want people to forget flu season


More than 30 cases of the Zika virus have been confirmed in the continental United States, but none have been transported to West Virginia. Doctors don’t want people to forget about viruses they may have a better chance of catching, like the flu. 

“It’s good to stay informed about Zika, it’s important to be aware of whats going on but there’s no reason to panic,” said Dr. Rahul Gupta, Commissioner for the Bureau of Public Health. “What you should do is what you can do and have the power to do which is right now making sure that you, yourself, your spouse, your family members, children, all have gone through the vaccination for the flu.”

He doesn’t want people to forget about common viruses for this time of year, like the flu.

“The most common reason in this time of the year that people are going to get in trouble in terms of getting sick, being hospitalized and unfortunately dying is going to be the flu virus,” Gupta said. 

He says flu season usually peaks around February, March and April and added this year’s vaccine had been a good match with this year’s floating flu viruses. 

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