Flu widespread in Vermont

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The flu virus is widespread in Vermont and officials say the number of cases is likely to increase.

The Department of Health is urging people to wash their hands regularly and stay home if they feel sick to prevent the spread of the disease.

Cases of the flu typically increase this time of year because the virus thrives in dry air which occurs when heat is turned on in schools, homes and offices and many people stay indoors which makes it easier for the disease to spread.

Most people who come down with the flu are sick for seven to 10 days. Seniors and people with chronic health problems are at a higher risk of developing complications from the flu.

Dr. Cort Lohff, Vermont state epidemiologist, is urging Vermonters who haven’t already to get a flu shot this season.

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