As seasonal respiratory illnesses surge, NCDHHS is urging people to get tested and seek treatment early to prevent severe illness.


People with mild symptoms should seek testing and treatment from their regular health care provider, urgent care or a telehealth provider, rather than going to the emergency department during this spike in COVID-19, flu, RSV and other respiratory illnesses.

In addition to testing and treatment, flu and COVID-19 vaccinations are readily available at pharmacies, private medical offices and some federally qualified health care centers and local health departments.

Go to today to find a vaccine location near you. Children with Medicaid can receive the COVID-19 vaccine – as well as other recommended vaccines including the flu vaccine – at their local health department or through the Vaccines for Children Program free of charge.