State public health officials are advising Virginia residents to get their flu shots, with two deaths linked to influenza.
The state Department of Public Health said Tuesday influenza activity has increased from low to high since January. That means more people with symptoms of influenza are seeing their physicians.
The flu deaths reported by the department are pediatric cases. Typically, two or three pediatric flu deaths are reported each year in the state.
State Health Commissioner Karen Remley said vaccinations are still available across the state and are the best protection against getting the flu.
Virginia's flu season typically runs through March, hitting its peak in February.
Locally, the Onley Community Health Center will add a Pediatrician to their Saturday hours this weekend. The hours are from 8:00-11:00. Appointments can be made by calling 787-7374.
Walkins are welcome.