Flu season underway in North Carolina

Flu season underway in North Carolina

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Flu season officially began in North Carolina Oct. 1, and you can keep from getting sick with the flu vaccine.

"When you get a flu shot, you're not only protecting yourself, you're protecting all those around you," said Carla Turner, personal health services manager at the New Hanover County Department of Public Health. "Your loved ones, your friends, your family, and your coworkers. There are people out there who, for medical reasons, true medical contraindications, cannot have a flu shot, and so when we protect ourselves, we're also protecting them."

State public health officials will give weekly updates on the flu, but the first report isn't until Oct. 12.

Flu symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose, headaches, chills, fatigue, and nausea.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate the flu vaccine prevented about 5 million sicknesses during the 2015-16 flu season.

The New Hanover County Department of Public Health offers the quadrivalent vaccine and the high dose vaccine, recommended for adults 65 and older.

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