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Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 02/10/2011

Two flu deaths reported in Virginia

By Associated Press

State public health officials are advising Virginia residents to get their flu shots, with two deaths linked to influenza.

The state Department of Public Health said Tuesday influenza activity has increased from low to high since January. That means more people with symptoms of influenza are seeing their physicians.

The flu deaths reported by the department are pediatric cases. Typically, two or three pediatric flu deaths are reported each year in the state.

State Health Commissioner Karen Remley said vaccinations are still available across the state and are the best protection against getting the flu.

Virginia's flu season typically runs through March, hitting its peak in February.

By Associated Press  | February 10, 2011; 10:20 AM ET
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A related story the Wash Post should report on: There's a bad flu in town that, according to my GP, *isn't* the one that's in this year's vaccine. I'm just coming out the other end after 2 bad weeks. I have friends who were sick for a month.

Posted by: JulyAugust | February 10, 2011 10:36 AM | Report abuse

When swine ran rampant in October 2009, I had not received a shot for either it or the standard flu. Then all the media said swine flu was just early seasonal flu (which it wasn't), so catching it didn't resolve which shot I no longer needed. This year's strategy seem to be --avoid the topic altogether.

Posted by: blasmaic | February 10, 2011 11:34 AM | Report abuse

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