First Flu-Related Death Reported in Alamance County
Flu vaccine still available at Health Department
– On January 22, the Alamance County Health Department received notification of the county’s first flu-related death for the 2013-2014 flu season. The death occurred in a child. In order to protect the family’s privacy, no other details are being released.
“This is deeply saddening news and we extend our thoughts and prayers to the family,” stated Alamance County Health Director Barry Bass. “Please use precautions this flu season and if you haven’t already, we encourage you to get the flu vaccine.”
Flu activity has been widespread in North Carolina since mid-December. As of January 16, the NC DHHS had reported 27 total flu-related deaths in the state. Most of those deaths have occurred in young and middle-aged adults. High levels of flu activity are expected to continue over the coming weeks, as flu season typically peaks during January and February.
The flu vaccine is available by appointment at the Health Department and protects against the strains of flu circulating this year, including H1N1, the most common flu strain so far in the 2013-2014 flu season. Individuals interested in receiving flu vaccine may call 336-227-0101, Monday-Friday to make an appointment.
In addition to flu vaccination, public health experts recommend taking additional precautions against illness, including washing your hands often with soap and water, and staying away from others who may have the flu.