It’s not too late to get a flu shot
haven’t had your flu shot? Don’t worry it is not too late to protect
yourself this flu season.
Dare County Department of Public Health (DCDPH) recommends a yearly flu
vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu
viruses. This year’s flu vaccine protects against three viruses that
research suggests will be most common. Everyone 6 months of age and
older should get vaccinated against the flu.
activity has been significantly worse this season, with 14 confirmed
North Carolina deaths associated with the virus. The Centers for
Disease Control have identified that the majority of states in the
southeast currently have widespread influenza activity, which includes
While many may be under the assumption that
seasonal flu season is close to being over, influenza seasons can last
until May. So far this season, most (91 percent) of the influenza
viruses that have been analyzed at CDC are like the viruses included in
the 2012-2013 influenza vaccine.
“Vaccines are the best form of
prevention against the flu. It is not too late to protect yourself,”
comments Care County Health Director Anne Thomas, “If you do get sick,
remember to stay at home from work or school while you’re sick, cover
coughs and sneezes, and most important -- wash your hands.”
you feel you may have influenza, please contact your physician
immediately or visit an urgent care center or your local emergency
room. Antiviral treatment may be available for individuals who are sick
or at risk of complications.
Both Manteo and Frisco county
health department locations have flu vaccinations available
residents. Appointments are not necessary, and walk-ins are welcome in
the Manteo location. Please call for an appointment at the Frisco
The immunization is free if you do not have
insurance or your insurance does not cover immunizations. Insurance
will be filed for individuals with BCBS and/or Medicare.
more information about the flu or flu vaccination, contact the Dare
County Department of Public Health at 252-475-5003 or visit www.flu.gov.