H1N1 Virus of 2009 Showing Up In Many Flu Cases

A new version of the H1N1 Flu Virus we saw in 2009 is back this flu season, and health officials across the country say they are seeing it hit a new class of people.

By getting a flu shot, the West Central District Health Department in North Platte says you are helping to protect yourself from Influenza.

"Of the viruses that have been sent to the lab from our district area we've seen mostly the H1N1 of 2009," said the Executive Director of the West Central District Health Department Shannon Vanderheiden.

In 2009, the H1N1 virus caused more illness in children and young adults, compared to older adults, but health officials across the country are seeing more influenza hit young people and younger healthy adults the hardest, according to the Center For Disease Control.

Vanderheiden says she would have to see more data to make the same conclusion in North Platte.

"We don't know all the cases that are out there, but we do know it can affect anyone," said Vanderheiden.

The CDC says those same reports also showed the new version of H1N1 showing up in pregnant woman and those who are obese.

"The best way to protect yourself from the flu is to get the vaccine, also staying home if you are sick washing your hands and covering your cough," said Vanderheiden.

Even this late in the season, Vanderheiden says this vaccine can make a difference, but it doesn't mean you won't get sick.

"By getting the vaccine you are protecting yourself so if you do get a case of the flu it tends to be more mild than if you had not been vaccinated," said Vanderheiden.


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