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Posted Friday, January 3, 2014
Pittsboro, NC - The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) reported on Thursday five new flu deaths, bringing the statewide total to 13 this season. Of those 13 cases, 12 were under 65 years of age. In addition, the overall number of flu cases has increased in recent weeks and is expected to peak in January and February.
"Unfortunately, we expect that we will see more serious illnesses and deaths as the season goes on," said Dr. Zach Moore of NCDHHS.
The flu vaccine is the most effective way to prevent the flu and it remains important to get the vaccine this flu season. Since it takes about two weeks for protection to develop after being vaccinated, be sure to get the vaccine as soon as possible.
“The Chatham County Public Health Department encourages everyone to get vaccinated against the flu. Our clinics still have the flu vaccine and we ask those who would like to receive it to schedule an appointment before they arrive; however, those who walk in without appointments will not be turned away,” said Health Director Layton Long.
To schedule an appointment, call 919-542-8220 (Pittsboro) or 919-742-5641 (Siler City).
Flu shots are $30 and the flu nasal spray (mist) is $37. If you have health insurance, Medicaid, or Medicare, please be sure to bring in your insurance card as it may cover this cost.
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