Late flu season starting to pick up

By WEEK Producer

Late flu season starting to pick up

February 24, 2012 Updated Feb 24, 2012 at 4:45 PM CDT

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Flu season is finally here.

That's according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which reported that this winter's flu season is the latest to begin since  the 1987-1988 season.

The CDC said three flu strains in particular have been circulating: Influenza A (H3N2 virus, which has been predominant this year), Influenza A H1N1 and Influenza B. Officials said the strains remain relatively unchanged compared to previous years.

According to a Tazewell Health Department release, all types of flu have similar symptoms. And although the cold and flu bear similarities, the flu is generally worse than the cold.

Flu symptoms include a fever, body aches, tiredness and cough. Those with colds are more likely to have nasal congestion.

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