Though we posted about the importance of getting the flu vaccine a couple of weeks ago, it is worth mentioning again. As of January 11, 27 laboratory-confirmed deaths in North Carolina have been attributed to the flu this season. On Monday, an infant died in eastern North Carolina from influenza-related complications. Nearly half of the deaths have occurred in people between 25 and 49 years of age. 60% of the deaths have come in the last 3 weeks.
Flu season is far from over, and getting the flu vaccine can still protect you. So hurry in today! Flu vaccines are available at both the Pittsboro and Siler City clinics of the Chatham County Public Health Department, Monday through Friday 8:00am – 4:30pm. You may call for an appointment at 919 742 5641 or 919 542 8220, or simply walk in.
There is still time to get vaccinated against influenza. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most flu activity does not peak until January or later. However, it can take several weeks for the vaccine to take effect, so get vaccinated as soon as possible (CDC, 2012).
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services recently reported two deaths in the state caused by the flu. Neither victim had received the flu vaccine. In addition, flu activity is increasing rapidly across the state. Click here to read on.
As the summer season wanes, we will focus on another mosquito-borne illness: Dengue Fever.
Dengue is not as well known as West Nile Virus. The principal mosquito culprit is Aedes aegypti, a mosquito not resident in our state. However, due to our proximity to the Caribbean, we do see travel-related cases of Dengue Fever in North Carolina. Dengue is endemic in the Caribbean, and the virus also affects more than one third of the human population worldwide. As many as 100 million people are infected with the Dengue Fever each year. Like West Nile Virus, Dengue infections can range from mild to severe. Find out more.
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