January 3, 2014 - The flu season has arrived in Erie right on schedule. Seventy three cases have been reported to the Erie County Health Department. Seventy two cases have been identified as Type A. The H1N1 virus is a influenza A subtype. That is the strain that has been reportedly effecting people across the country, and is expected to infecting Erie County residents. Health officials say it’s not too late to get a flu vaccine. From what we know about the H1N1, it’s a virus that tends to linger, so contracting the flu late in the season, or early spring is not rare. If you think you are coming down with the flu virus, a fever and severe body aches are the key signs. If you have a compromised immune system, are very young, or a senior, a trip the doctor may be in order for anti-viral medication. Otherwise, plenty of rest and fluids are recommended.
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