While Flu season usually runs from October through May, and typically peaks between December and February, public health agencies began reporting cases in higher than usual numbers in September.

Many public health authorities are bracing for an especially bad season flu season. The CDC recently noted that the southern parts of the United States are reporting the highest levels of flu activity.

State Health Director Dr. Elizabeth Tilson encourages North Carolinians to get their annual flu vaccine to protect themselves and their loved ones.

Those at high risk for serious flu complications include older people, young children, people with certain health conditions or compromised immune systems. Anyone 6 months of age and older are encouraged to get a flu vaccine.

Learn more about Seasonal Influenza from NCDHHS here.