Flu cases are popping up in the Piedmont.
Local health systems are starting to see confirmed influenza cases and/or people with flu-like symptoms.
Just a few weeks ago in August, Novant Health had two confirmed cases in one of its pediatrics offices.
High Point Regional has had one confirmed flu case, but other patients have had flu-like symptoms.
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has had one confirmed case of influenza.
Cone Health currently does not have any confirmed cases of influenza, but doctors have seen patients with flu-like symptoms.
Although October is typically the beginning of flu season, doctors say it’s not uncommon to see a few cases ahead of time.
“It is common to see flu year round. We just see those peaks starting in October and then from December to March is when we really see a lot of cases,” said Dr. Maribeth Cengia, a pediatrician at Novant Meadowlark Pediatrics.
As many clinics begin to receive flu vaccinations, doctors say now is a good time to remind people about prevention.
Family Medicine-Laurel Creek, a Kernersville clinic operated by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, started administering flu shots today.
“They are coming in at their regular scheduled appointments and they’re having their discussion about vaccinations. We’re also talking about having nurse visits -- where they come in at their requests to have vaccinations,” Physician Assistant Daniel Bryan said.
People 65 and older are advised to get the high dose vaccine.
Flu season can happen as early as October and continue through May.