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

By / Editorials / Wednesday, 03 October 2018 23:46

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Flu Shots are available at many locations. Don't wait until the peak of flu season in 2018-2019. Twenty-one flu deaths were reported in North Carolina for the period of January 14th to January 20th. The total number of deaths in North Carolina since October 1st, 2017 is 67. As of January 25th, New Hanover County officials say since October 1, 2017, there have been 10 flu-related deaths reported in New Hanover County and five of those have been at long-term care facilities. Last year, there were a total of four deaths related to the flu. More than ten different people mentioned to me over the weekend that when they visited the Minute Clinic at the CVS Pharmacy in Carolina Beach, they were told the clinic has seen over 100 flu cases. Those of you who are sick with the flu and venture out to share your illness with the rest of the world need to remember, not everyone can fight the flu successfully. Please stay home and if you have to go out, warn people that you have the flu so they can keep their distance.
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.
By all means, if you are feeling well, go get your flu shot. You can get them at numerous locations throughout the New Hanover County area.
“A flu shot is one of the first lines of defense against the virus and it’s not too late to get one,” said New Hanover County Public Health Director Phillip Tarte. “The flu virus is very contagious and can be anywhere – a gas pump, the counter at a store, or on your child’s backpack. Be diligent and wash your hands frequently."
Each year, the peak of the flu season occurs at different times. “The flu season is spiking earlier this year than it did last year,” said Tarte. A comparison over the past three years of flu illness in North Carolina can be viewed at www.flu.nc.gov
The county’s Health Department offers a flu clinic for the public and administers the vaccine at county schools at the start of each flu season. The Health Department also offers education and prevention assistance to local organizations and businesses.
School nurses continually monitor the schools for illnesses; and the Health Department is prepared to assist schools with any abnormally-high flu occurrence, but none have been reported this flu season. The Health Department will continue to closely monitor the public’s health during this flu season and keep the community informed.


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