Deadly Flu Season Continues

The nation is still in the grips of a deadly flu season. At least 41 states are reporting widespread cases of the illness, which is predominately the H1N1 strain. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports nearly 30 children have died of the flu this season. The CDC does not track adult deaths, but state figures show people in their 20s and 30s are at a high risk of getting severe cases of the flu this year. The death toll in California is around 145, which includes almost one-hundred people under the age of 65.

This year’s flu season is believed to have peaked, but there are still weeks to go.

The Bond County Health Department has flu shots available on a walk-in basis. Health Department Administrator Mark Ayers told WGEL they have seen dramatic increases in the past two months with doctor’s offices and Greenville Regional Hospital reporting 46 cases of Influenza A. The Health Department has provided 844 flu shots so far this season and has around 60 doses left.

For more information, call the Bond County Health Department at 664-1442.