Seasonal Influenza (Flu)

The flu is a contagious respiratory virus that can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Those at high risk for serious flu complications include older people, young children, people with certain health conditions or compromised immune systems.

During October through May, the NC Division of Public Health provides weekly updates on the spread of Influenza in North Carolina.




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Flu Symptoms Include:

  • A fever of 100.4F/38C degrees or higher or feeling feverish (not everyone with the flu has a fever)
  • A cough and/or sore throat
  • A runny or stuffy nose
  • Headaches and/or body aches
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea (most common in children)


The first and most important step in protecting you and your family from the flu virus is to get a flu vaccine each year. Yet, many North Carolinians don’t get vaccinated. Let’s meet the Shot Dodgers, those who think they can skip the flu vaccine. While these characters dodge the vaccine, they don’t always dodge the flu. And, the flu knocks everyone off their game.

Don’t be a Shot Dodger! Contact your health care provider or visit to find a convenient location to get a flu vaccination near you.

North Carolina Immunization Branch

The Division of Public Health, part of the NC Department of Health and Human Services, works to promote and contribute to the highest possible level of health for the people of North Carolina.

Our entire statewide system of public health has dedicated professionals who carry out our mission every day through a wide range of essential programs and activities touching the lives of everyone in our state.

Disease prevention, health services and health promotion programs protect entire communities – not just individuals – from untoward outcomes such as communicable diseases, epidemics, and contaminated food and water. We work daily to reduce the impact of chronic and oral diseases.

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Last Modified: October 23, 2019