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Wyoming's Flu Season Isn't Over Yet

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Despite spring approaching, flu season is not quite over.

Kim Deti with the Wyoming Department of Health said there's a continued high level of flu activity around the state.

There have been flu-related hospitalizations and outbreaks in long-term care facilities, like nursing homes, Deti said.

"We have seen several deaths. Fortunately, we haven't had any pediatric deaths reported, but still this is a serious and deadly flu season," she said.

Deti said the season started out with one strain dominating the state, but now a different strain has taken over. That strain is known for its severity.

The department wants residents to focus on not spreading the flu, especially to vulnerable groups like children, pregnant women, and the elderly.

Some steps one can take are hand washing and covering your mouth when coughing, Deti said.

"The big one-and it's hard for people sometimes-if you're ill: stay home from school, stay home from work, stay home from those places where you might pass that virus on to someone who is especially vulnerable," she said.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, flu season can last through May.

Catherine Wheeler comes to Wyoming from Kansas City, Missouri. She has worked at public media stations in Missouri and on the Vox podcast "Today, Explained." Catherine graduated from Fort Lewis College with a BA in English. She recently received her master in journalism from the University of Missouri. Catherine enjoys cooking, looming, reading and the outdoors.
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