Health Alert: Different strain of flu hits RI - News, Weather and Classifieds for Southern New England

Health Alert: Different strain of flu hits RI

Posted: Updated:
Flu Season Flu Season
PROVIDENCE - Rhode Island health officials are warning that there's a different strain of the flu going around the state that causes more severe illness and has a greater effect on the elderly.
   
Health officials say the H3 strain is different from the most common strain this season and is causing an increase of the flu in the state.
   
Director of Health Michael Fine says this year's flu vaccine protects the H3 strain and other strains, and it's not too late to get vaccinated. Fine says getting vaccinated not only protects you but also those around you, including senior citizens who are now the most vulnerable.
   
State officials say two people in Rhode Island have died and 295 people have been hospitalized because of the flu this flu season.

CDC: More Information about treating the flu and flu basics

Powered by WorldNow

23 Kenney Drive
Cranston, R.I., 02920

Telephone: 401.455.9100
Fax: 401.455.9140
Email: news@wjar.com

Can't find something?

NBC 10 Outerwear Provided by:

NBC 10 Media Relations
Provided by:

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.