Staying healthy during flu season

Published 7:15 pm Friday, January 15, 2016

From Beaufort County Health Department

Flu activity is now widespread in North Carolina. Most often, flu illness peaks in February and can last until May. It’s not too late to get a flu vaccine.

Influenza (flu) is not something to take lightly. It can cause mild to severe illness and sometimes results in hospitalization or death. Older individuals and young children are at a higher risk for serious flu complications. The best way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated each year.

The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone 6 months and older. It takes about two weeks after being vaccinated for protection to set in, so get a flu shot today to ensure one’s protection during peak season. One can also help protect oneself and loved ones from the flu by washing hands thoroughly and often, staying home from work or school if sick, avoiding contact with sick people and taking antiviral medications if a health provider prescribes them.

For children and those of older age, in addition to those who have been diagnosed or struggle with a weakened immune system (i.e., cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, etc.), it is important to contact one’s primary doctor immediately. Symptoms include: fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny/stuffy nose, muscle/body aches or fatigue/tiredness.

Beaufort County Health Department wants to help protect residents from the flu. We offer a walk-in flu clinic Mondays through Fridays, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Flu forms can even be completed prior to one’s arrival by going to and downloading the flu form. Protect family and loved ones and get a flu shot today. Prevention is key.

For more information, please contact the Beaufort County Health Department at or 252-946-1902.