Increased respiratory virus activity on the rise, especially among children

Published 5:13 pm Tuesday, November 8, 2022

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JACKSON – In a CDC Health Advisory received on Nov. 4, healthcare providers, including Northampton County Health Department, have been warned of an early and severe start to cold and flu season in the United States.

Currently, North Carolina is experiencing higher-than-average levels of cases of influenza (Flu), respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and rhinovirus/enterovirus (RV/EV) for this time of year. Cases of COVID-19 also continue to circulate in North Carolina.

The CDC warns that elevated respiratory disease incidence caused by multiple viruses are occurring especially among children and are placing a strain on healthcare systems.

North Carolina saw its first pediatric flu death of the season on Nov. 2, according to the state’s Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS). The agency has reported five confirmed adult flu-related deaths in the state this year.

What can you do to help prevent the spread?

Get vaccinated. Flu and COVID-19 vaccinations are available at Northampton County Health Department. Call 252-534-5841 to schedule an appointment.

Wash your hands. Wash them often, especially when you are in contact with other people.

Cover coughs and sneezes. A tissue or the inside of your elbow will do.

Avoid crowds, especially where others are coughing and sneezing. If you are sick yourself, stay at home to prevent spreading your germs to others.

People who have the flu often feel some or all of these signs and symptoms: fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, and fatigue (very tired). Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults

For additional information, contact the Northampton County Health Department, Monday through Friday at 252-534-5841 from 8:30 am until 5 pm.