Two Virginia Deaths Linked to Flu

Health Officials Issue Warning After Two Deaths

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    Chicagoans can get the flu shot at one of six city college locations.

    If you haven’t gotten a flu shot yet, it’s not too late.

    Although flu shots are typically given in the fall, Virginia health officials are advising residents to get the shots now, after two deaths were linked to influenza.

    The commonwealth's Department of Public Health said influenza activity has increased from low to high since January. That typically means more people with symptoms are seeing their doctors.

    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.