Editorial: Get Your Flu Shot and Don't Spread The Germs

By / Editorials / Wednesday, 19 October 2016 04:00

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

Flu season is upon us once again. Officials with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced last week that one person was confirmed as the first flu-related death of the 2016-2017 season.
Here's some incentive to get your flu shot, 30 people died as a result of the flu virus in North Carolina between December 28th 2014 and January 3rd 2015.   The total for that 2014-2015 season was much higher but within those seven days, 30 people died in North Carolina from the flu.
Those of you who are sick with the flu and venture out to share your illness with the rest of the world are sad, hopeless inconsiderate souls.
Last year I was out shopping one night and talked to a cashier who was describing a lady that went through her checkout line coughing and freely admitted she had the flu.
Cue the clouds of disinfectant spray as the lady walked out the door to continue spreading her influenza juices to the innocent unsuspecting masses. Some with flu shots, some without.
It's hard to imagine people still head on out the door pumped full of medication to keep on spreading the germs, potentially dealing out the death card in the checkout line down at the grocery store.
If you're sick and know or suspect that you have the flu, please stay home. You might kill someone. Get your flu shot.
You can get them at numerous locations throughout the New Hanover County area. The New Hanover County Health Department began giving flu shots to the general public on Monday, October 3. Appointments are available from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and walk-ins are accepted. The flu clinic will operate until Friday, October 28 and is located at 2023 South 17th Street at the New Hanover County Health Department.
Walgreens will hold a flu clinic Thursday October 20th, from 2:30 to 6:30pm at the Kure Beach Town Hall at 117 Settlers Lane, in the Council Meeting Room. They accept insurance and for those without insurance, the price is $25.99. That's a heck of a lot cheaper than doctor bills or a coffin.

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