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W.Va. health, education officials join forces to fight flu in schools


CHARLESTON, West Virginia — State health and education officials are working together to fight flu in West Virginia's public schools.

Health and Human Resources Secretary Karen Bowling and state Superintendent of Schools Michael J. Martirano announced a joint education effort on Monday during an appearance at a Charleston elementary school.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says West Virginia is among the states with widespread flu activity.

Martirano says in a news release that school-aged children are one of the hardest-hit populations.

State Health Officer Dr. Rahul Gupta says it's not too late to get a flu shot. He also advises frequent hand washing and wiping down frequently touched surfaces with a disinfectant.

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