Doctors are warning of a widespread flu outbreak in central Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley.
Dr. David Rylak, an emergency physician at Augusta Health, says the hospital is admitting a significant number of people with flu-related illnesses. He says there have also been deaths linked to the virus.
The Virginia Department of Health reports the flu season is worse right now than it was at the same time last year.
Dr. Rylak stated, "The major, kind of major, complications of influenza are not just the virus itself, but if people - especially babies, older folks - get dehydrated or get pneumonia on top of it, that's where we get people getting into real trouble and getting into the hospital."
Rylak says the flu is affecting people of all ages right now. The outbreak started about a month ago and its spread is on the rise.