Brunswick County urges residents to take proactive measures to prevent the flu

02.21.2020

Brunswick County urges residents to take proactive measures to prevent the flu

MEDIA RELEASE

BOLIVIA, N.C. – Leaders in Brunswick County are uniting their efforts to fight the flu. As the number of new cases of influenza virus continue to grow in Brunswick County and across North Carolina, residents are encouraged to take steps now to avoid catching the flu and giving it to others.

The number of influenza cases across the state started to rise in December and have continued to rise since the beginning of the year. According to the NC Department of Health and Human Services, there have been 90 flu deaths statewide this season. Three of these deaths were children under the age of 18. There have been four flu deaths in Brunswick County this season.

“The best thing you can do to avoid catching the flu is to practice good hand hygiene and get a flu shot,” Brunswick County Health Director Cris Harrelson said. “It’s not too late. Getting vaccinated now may help protect you through the rest of the season.”

Flu shots are still available at Brunswick County Health Services Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. No appointment is needed. Health Services is based at the Brunswick County Government Complex at 25 Courthouse Drive (Building A) in Bolivia.

Other locations throughout the county also offer the vaccine. To find a location, visit vaccinefinder.org

Information About Flu Symptoms, Prevention Methods, and Vaccinations

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends annual flu vaccinations for everyone six months of age and older. Children younger than five years old and adults 65 years old or older, pregnant women, and people with underlying medical conditions are all at increased risk of severe illness or complications from the flu.

Flu symptoms may include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and fatigue. People experiencing symptoms should stay home or seek medical care as necessary.

Flu testing is available at a doctor’s office or urgent care. For those at high risk for serious flu complications such as individuals with asthma, diabetes, or heart disease, antiviral medications are a treatment option that can lessen the severity and shorten the length of the illness.

To help prevent the spread of influenza and other viruses, cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, and promptly dispose of the tissue in a trash can. If tissues are not available, cough or sneeze into upper sleeves instead of bare hands.

Wash hands frequently with warm, soapy water for 10 to 15 seconds, or clean them with hand sanitizer when water is not available. Household areas should be cleaned with household detergents, such as bleach or alcohol when appropriate, to keep them sanitized. Avoiding crowds, limiting travel and working from home when possible can all also help prevent the spread of illness.

For more information about the flu, visit cdc.gov/flu, or flu.nc.gov

You can also contact or learn more about Brunswick County Health Services via the following ways:

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For media inquiries, contact the Public Information Officer at 910.253.2995 or email meagan.kascsak@brunswickcountync.gov