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Flu on rise statewide

Posted January 6, 2009

— Flu activity is accelerating in North Carolina, state public health officials said Tuesday.

Hospital emergency departments and about 30 of the 77 health care providers across the state who participate in the state’s Influenza Sentinel Surveillance Program reported an increase in flu-like illness during the past week. The State Laboratory of Public Health has confirmed six cases to date.

In North Carolina, flu season normally begins to increase after Christmas and usually peaks in late February or early March.

“The best way to prevent getting and spreading the flu is to get vaccinated,” State Health Director Dr. Leah Devlin said in a statement. “It’s not too late; the flu season is really just getting started here. Contact your health care provider or local health department about getting vaccinated.”

Wake County Human Services will offer free flu shots from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Clinic E in the Public Health Center, at 10 Sunnybrook Road in Raleigh.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises flu shots for all children from 6 months old through 18 years old. Vaccination is also recommended for adults 50 and older, people with certain chronic medical conditions like asthma, household contacts of people with chronic illnesses, pregnant women and health care workers.

Nationally, flu accounts for 200,000 hospitalizations and 36,000 deaths annually.


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  • chargernut69 Jan 7, 2009

    I got vaccinated in October, but still got a very bad case of stomach virus the week of New Year's - was in bed for 3 days, lost about 10 pounds! ... I think they need to improve the vaccine....

  • CestLaVie Jan 7, 2009

    “The best way to prevent getting and spreading the flu is to get vaccinated,” WRONG.WRONG.WRONG.

    The best way to prevent getting the flu is to NOT get vaccinated, eat healthy, exercise, wash your hands often with plain soap & water, & stay away from those with all those awful flu symptoms, such as sneezing on you, coughing in your face, breathing on you, etc., etc.!!!

    You disagree with this? Check it out & do some research..for yourself..instead of being brainwashed, further, by the so-called medical authorities. But, check out alternative methods of healthy-living sites..the ones that doctors, big pharma & the FDA do NOT want you to see! The hoax they have on you is one giant lie..so keep on..being sick. The illness industry promotes only them & their $

    Tell co-workers to stay at home until well, instead of coming to work & passing it on.

  • murdock Jan 6, 2009

    I really don't know how they can figure that. In the medical office where I work, we have already had about 60 cases of the flu, documented by positive test. And that has already peaked for us.