Flu season is upon us.
The 2013-2014 flu season began last month and the disease will likely spread as folks gather for the upcoming holidays. Before holiday travel and festivities enter full swing, Lee Ann Quinn, director of South County Hospital’s Infection Prevention, Control and Safety Department advises everyone to get vaccinated.
The hospital’s final flu clinic will be held this Sunday, Nov. 17, at Christ the King Church in Kingston from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., however Quinn pointed out that flu shots are readily available at most pharmacies.
“One of the key successes to getting people vaccinated is that it’s on the consumer’s time and they can just walk in the door and get a shot,” she said.
While Quinn said there haven’t been any flu-related hospitalizations at South County Hospital yet this year, the flu is still out there.
Quinn said patients have reported influenza in the northern part of the state as well as in other regions of the country, particularly the South, where the flu is generally seen sooner than in New England.
“We’ve had very slow activity, which is excellent,” she said. “But the Northeast doesn’t normally experience influenza-like activity this soon, but other places down south usually do.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for the week ending Nov. 2, flu activity was reported as “regional,” which is one step below “widespread,” in Alaska and Alabama during that week.
Flu was reported as “local,” which is a step below “regional,” in Texas, Virginia, South Carolina and Mississippi for the same week.
For more on the flu, pick up today's paper.