State Officials Announce First Flu Associated Death of the 2016-2017 Season

State Officials Announce First Flu Associated Death of the 2016-2017 Season

By / State News / Wednesday, 19 October 2016 04:00

RALEIGH, N.C. : October 13th, 2016 - The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is reporting the state's first death from flu for the 2016-2017 flu season. An adult in the eastern region of the state died last week of complications from an influenza infection. (To protect the family's privacy, the person's hometown, county, age and gender are not being released.)

"We know this is a very difficult time for the friends and family and we extend our deepest sympathies," said Acting State Epidemiologist Zack Moore, M.D. "We hope that by people being aware of this unfortunate case we will remind everyone that flu can be a serious disease. We encourage people to protect themselves and their loved ones by getting vaccinated."

The CDC recommends yearly vaccination against the flu for everyone 6 months and older. According to studies cited by the CDC there are several benefits from vaccination, including the following:

• Protecting people who are at greater risk of getting seriously ill from flu, like older adults, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions (including obesity) and young children;
• Making illness milder if you do get sick and reducing the risk of more serious outcomes, like hospitalizations and death; and
• Protecting women during pregnancy and protecting their babies until they are old enough to get vaccinated themselves.
Other precautions you can take to protect against the spread of flu and other viruses include:
• Staying home when you are sick until you have been fever free for at least 24 hours;
• Washing your hands frequently, preferably with soap and water; and
• Covering your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and then discarding the tissue promptly.

Weekly flu reports are released every Thursday during flu season at

For more information on flu and to find out where you can get a flu vaccination in your community, visit
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. The Health Department is able to accommodate anyone with mobility issues by offering the flu vaccine in an automobile, if requested. The clinic is open to all residents and non-residents in New Hanover County and vaccines are available to anyone age 6 months and older.

High-dose vaccines are also available for people age 65 years and older. The nasal spray vaccine (FluMist) is not available this year. The public can call 910-798-6646 to schedule an appointment. In addition, the Health Department can bring the flu clinic to groups of 20 or more people. Churches, civic groups, and businesses interested in having the flu clinic at their location can call 910-798-6529.

Medicare/Medicaid, Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC, United Health Care, Aetna, Cigna, Tricare, Health Choice, Visa/MasterCard (credit or debit), cash, and check are all accepted.

Flu Clinic in Kure Beach October 20th:

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. The clinic is open to the public but flu shots cannot be given to anyone under age 14. Please bring your insurance card, Walgreens bills Medicare, Blue Cross, United Healthcare, VA, Cign, Aetna, Medicaid (Must be 21+ for Medicaid), and others. Cash is $25.99 is you wish to pay out of pocket.


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