In-state flu activity reaches highest level in a decade

Jan. 05, 2013 @ 08:36 PM



According to Laura Gerald, State Health director, flu activity statewide has reached its highest level ever recorded over the past decade. Schools and long-term care facilities across the state have been reported and 12 flu-related deaths have already have been documented.

Pregnant women, people with chronic diseases, very young children and the elderly are especially susceptible. Vaccinations are recommended for anyone over 6 months old.

Some individuals may qualify for state-supplied flu vaccine at no charge. The Granville-Vance District Health Department accepts Medicare Part B (red, white, and blue card) and Medicaid, as well as Blue Cross Blue Shield and Wellpath for immunizations for individuals who do not qualify.

Anyone coming to the health department for vaccination should bring their insurance card, and wear short sleeves. This will allow for more efficient service to the public.

Citizens may receive vaccines at both the Granville County Health Department and Vance County Health Department locations every Friday from 1-4 p.m. For more information, call (919) 693-2141 (Granville) or 252-492-7915 (Vance); or visit