Flu season not over yet

The North Carolina Department of Public Health reports a slight increase in the number of respiratory illnesses and influenza cases.

Since October 6, 2012, 48 adults have died from flu related illness; three people died last week. Flu cases statewide decreased by 30% since the virus’ peak in mid-December.

Dr. Stuart Kossover with High Point Regional Physicians said he’s had several patients with upper respiratory and flu-like symptoms in the past month, indicating the flu season is not over yet.

“Over the last  couple of years, we’re seeing flu symptoms present themselves more into the early mid spring than we’ve seen before and up until this year or last year we’ve never really tested for it, so everyone is on high alert now, ” Kossover said.

“People think that well after the winter months if they’ve missed their flu shot they’re out of the woods so to speak, but really they should consider getting the flu shot if not only just to be covered for swine.”

Dr. Kossover said people should continue to sanitize and wash their hands to avoid the spread of the virus even if they have already gotten the flu vaccine.

The World Health Organization has changed the vaccination age for children to administer the vaccine to infants as young as two months.

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