The CDC lists 16 states or major metropolitan areas as having the highest possible label (“very high”) for outpatient respiratory illness visit levels. North Carolina is on the list, in addition to: Alabama, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and New York City.

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.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has an easy way to help you find a flu shot provider. Click here to get your shot.

Learn more about Seasonal Influenza from NCDHHS here.