Still Not Too Late To Get Flu Shot; Vaccine Available At Bond County Health Department

At Monday night’s Bond County Board of Health meeting, board member Dr. Tom Dawdy noted that while flu activity is normally tapering off at this time of year, flu cases are currently skyrocketing. Health Department Administrator Mark Ayers said it’s still not too late for individuals to receive a flu shot and the department still has an adequate supply. Call 664-1442 for more information.

Ayers talked about the Zika Virus, noting that the particular mosquito that carries the virus is unlikely to travel this far north. The main concern is the person-to-person spread of the virus and individuals who travel to regions where those mosquitoes are prevalent.

Ayers detailed the uncertainties associated with the state budget situation, noting that several grants are not being paid. He called the budget outlook “bleak”. While many health departments across the state are reducing staff and even closing operations for one or more days per week, the Bond County Health Department has not had to take any such measures.

The Health Department will celebrate their 50th anniversary on April 7th by hosting a Greenville Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours function from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The event will serve as the kickoff to a year of celebration.