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Published on December 06, 2021

 

Area Health Systems Remind Public About Flu Prevention and Vaccination Amid Holiday Season

Public urged not to let COVID-19 divert attention from getting flu shots as well.

 

Greensboro – Several North Carolina health systems remind the community this holiday season to take precautionary measures known to limit the spread of flu and COVID-19. This is especially important as the COVID-19 pandemic continues and the flu season begins. Health officials strongly encourage preventative measures such as staying home if you are sick, maintaining good respiratory etiquette such as covering your nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing; washing your hands often; masking and social distancing when indoors and most importantly, getting vaccinated for both flu and COVID-19 to best protect yourself and others.  Adolescent getting vaccination 

While it is still early in the flu season, regional health systems are seeing an increase in flu cases across our areas. We have already exceeded the number of cases reported last flu season. It is increasingly important that those who have not yet received their flu vaccines for the 2021-2022 season do so as soon as possible to protect their families, themselves and the larger community as the holiday season and gatherings with loved ones continue.

Vaccinating against COVID-19, including COVID-19 vaccine boosters, is also crucial to help protect the community. As we enter the respiratory virus season, we anticipate an increase in COVID-19 cases in the coming weeks as well, and want to ensure community members are taking appropriate measures to protect themselves and one another. 

COVID-19 vaccinations are available without charge to the public. Please visit the following websites for more information:

  • conehealth.com/vaccine
  • novanthealth.org/vaccine
  • wakehealth.edu/vaccine

This is a joint reminder from Cone Health, Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist and Novant Health.