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The Centers for Disease Control said Flu season is still widespread in 46 states including West Virginia. But health officials said most people are taking proper measures.

The CDC said the flu outbreak is one of the worst in a decade.

Health officials in Randolph County said people need to spread the word, not the flu.

Compared to last season, West Virginia is seeing very high flu numbers.

"Even though we're seeing high numbers it's not going to go away soon we're considered to be in the high period until the end of February so six more weeks we have to go with this level," said Diana Patella, chief nursing officer for Davis Memorial Hospital.

In fact 1,400 cases have been confirmed in West Virginia.

Barbour, Randolph, Upshur and Lewis counties are seeing high numbers as well. Patella said they've seen several cases.

"They are testing positive when they do the flu test for the A1 so again we're encouraging people to get their vaccines and take that precaution because with so many cases out there, there's bound to be more to come," Patella said.

Health officials said one positive sign is that people are taking measures to protect themselves from getting the flu, and to avoid spreading it if they have it. They said health departments haven't had to implement any further measures. Patella said easy steps people can take to protect themselves are to stay in good health and disinfect household items.

"We forget how easy it is for germs to spread. So those common everyday things wipe them off frequently. If you've used them wipe them off before laying them down. If you go to pickup something you're not sure about, and its in a public area or even in home where you have a sick one wipe it off before you expose yourself."

Home Plus in Elkins will hold a free flu shot clinic for adults on January 23 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

It has 100 vaccines available.

If you can't make it, call your local health department or doctor for information on getting a flu shot.