This year’s flu season seems to be peaking early, with widespread infection but lower rates of hospitalization and death than in some years. It’s too soon to say, however, whether we’ve seen the year’s worst flu effects, according to health officials.
Local health officials consider why Buncombe County leads the state in the percentage of unvaccinated children and also discuss how immunization builds a shield of protection on a community level.
Buncombe County Health Center employees began distributing free seasonal flu vaccinations to area elementary schools today in an effort paid for by federal stimulus funds. The vaccinations will continue throughout the month.
Appointing a new county attorney, $2 million to design a “life safety tower” on the courthouse and bracing for the coming flu season all await the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners at its meeting Tuesday.
I fully expect that, if one person in my family contracts the flu, we probably all will, and dressing up like a character from Scrubs while dispensing acetaminophen to the kids isn’t going to keep me healthy. So here’s what I bought for our home flu kit.
The Buncombe County Health Department held a news briefing on Aug. 21, 2009, to update media outlets on the status of preparations for the upcoming flu season. With the new H1N1 strain of the virus, local public health officials fear higher-than-normal cases of the flu this year. The health officials provided this document, which covers […]
An unnamed Mission Hospitals employee is the first confirmed case of the H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu, in Buncombe County, health department officials confirmed in an announcement today.
I haven’t vaccinated my kids against the flu every year. My approach has been scattershot. I decided this year would be a good one to follow through on the vaccine after my daughter told me all about the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic.