North Carolina predicts flu season

23 December 2011 09:51

UK travellers heading off to North Carolina are advised to take necessary vaccinations as the region is heading towards a heavy flu season

UK travellers heading off to North Carolina are advised to take necessary vaccinations as the region is heading towards a heavy flu season

Holidaymakers in the UK planning a trip to North Carolina over Christmas have been urged to take extra care amid reports of flu.

Officials with the State Division of Public Health said the Cape Fear region has seen a slight reduction in flu vaccinations but the infection season is proceeding as predicted.

Zack Moore, a medical epidemiologist with the division, said: "We're about where we usually are.

"Our flu activity level tends to go up in January and February."

The news may see many travellers take out medical travel insurance before visiting the affected area.

As the time period to develop immunity against the virus is about two weeks, the health authorities have been urging people to take the inoculation in the fall, before the start of the heavy flu season.

According to the figures, Brunswick County has registered 6,437 flu shots since September 1, which is actually 21% more than the 5,328 vaccines given during the whole of 2010.

"Our goal was 6,000, so we did a little more outreach this year," said Fred Michael, the county's deputy health director.

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