UPDATE: Flu Epidemic Declared for Ohio, W.Va.

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UPDATE 1/23/2014 5:05 PM

Health officials are reporting the flu peaked early this year with a high number of reported cases, putting West Virginia and Ohio under a flu epidemic.

It spreads fast and it's very contagious, but it is also not too late to get your flu shot.

The Washington County Health Department says they have given over 14,000 flu shots out this year.

If you get flu symptoms they recommend plenty of rest, fluids, healthy food and over the counter medications but if the symptoms persist go see a doctor and make sure to tell your doctor everything you have been taking.

Kids, elderly and pregnant woman especially should be very careful and those people should make sure they're vaccinated.

It's that time of year again.

With the flu season just getting started, protection is your best bet.

Jessica Woods from the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department says the season can begin as early as October but it usually peaks in the U.S. in January.

West Virginia is one of three states that's still reporting sporadic flu activity rather than localized or widespread.

"This year the predominating strain that's circulating is the pandemic, H1N1 from 2009 and there's a couple of good things about this," she says. "If you were vaccinated back in 2009 for this strain of flu, you're more likely to have resistance against it."

Woods recommends getting a flu shot if you haven't already.

This year's vaccine protects against three different types of flu, including the 2009 H1N1 strain.

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