Doctors say it’s not too late to get flu shot

Health Watch

Doctors across the state are informing patients it’s not too late to get the flu shot.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services said two people died from the flu last week.

This brings the total number of flu-related deaths in North Carolina to 22 for the season.

None of those are reported to have happened in Eastern North Carolina.

Dr. Keith Ramsey with Vidant Medical Center says the flu shot takes 7-10 days to enter into your system.

Dr. Ramsey also addressed a myth about getting the flu after you have had the shot. The doctor said it’s not possible.

“There are other viruses circulation the same time flu does,” said Ramsey. “There are about 5 or 6 respiratory viruses. Someone might get one of those and mistakenly take it as flu.”

Statistically, North Carolina sees a spike in flu-related deaths between mid-January and mid-March

Dr. Ramsey said, “We recommend anyone gets vaccinated up until the first of April until the flu generally falls off.”

If you are in need of the vaccination, Dr. Ramsey said you can visit your doctor, many local pharmacies, or your county’s health department for the shot.

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