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Charles D. Humphrey/CDC (January 26, 2013)

Influenza isn't the only type of flu Hoosiers need to worry about this season.

The Indiana State Department of Health said Friday that a new strain of norovirus, typically called stomach flu, is circulating throughout the U.S. and has recently made its way to our area. The agency says the symptoms are no worse than other types of stomach flu. Most people fully recover from stomach flu in one or two days.

Stomach flu is spread through consuming contaminated food or drink or by close contact with an infected person. The virus can live on surfaces for up to 72 hours.

Flu shots do not protect against stomach flu. To prevent getting sick, health officials recommend frequent hand-washing, disinfecting surfaces and not preparing food if you're feeling ill.