You can get the flu, even if you've already had it

A sign showing how to "fight the flu" and hand sanitizer greets people stepping into the Oklahoma City-County Health Department office on NE 63rd. (KOKH/Jordann Lucero)

The word epidemiologist Eric Howard used to describe this flu season: rough.

Howard, with the Oklahoma City-County Health Department, talked with FOX 25 about the threat this year.

Oklahoma is nearing records numbers in the state flu report. Howard says there are signs Oklahoma County, and the state, has passed the peak of flu season, but the threat is far from over.

"It's just now this week that we're starting to see a small, hopefully a continued, decrease that's reported each week," Howard said.

You can still get the virus. That goes for people who have already had it, he said.

"There are many different strains of the flu, and so just because you've had an infection of flu, the type A, the H3N2, which is the predominant strain early on this season, doesn't mean that you can't be infected with a different strain after that," he said.

Howard said type A is hitting hard right now, but type B will often start to emerge during the last half of flu seasons.

"Just because you've had the flu once this season, doesn't mean your job's over, right?" Howard said.

Everyone needs to wash their hands often, cover their coughs, stay away from people who are sick and keep away if you're sick. Plus, Howard said, even if you've already had the flu, you should still get a flu shot, if you haven't already.

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