ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – The Commonwealth is seeing very high levels of “influenza-like activity” and it is still increasing according to the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts.

Because cases of influenza are not reportable, the health district does not know how widespread the flu is in the region. The Health Department says the best way for individuals to protect themselves is with a flu vaccine.
Even though it is early in the flu season, with this much activity, people may want to consider getting their vaccine sooner rather than later. It takes about two weeks for the flu shot to take effect.

As we see more cases of influenza, the RCAHD says the number of COVID-19 cases is stable in the region.

In the last week, the district saw another 112 cases with 18 new hospitalizations.

In a press release today, the RCAHD encouraged residents to get both their COVID-19 booster vaccinations and a flu shot to be best protected against the most serious effects of respiratory illnesses.