The Iredell County Health Department works tirelessly to protect our community from contagious respiratory viruses such as COVID-19 and influenza. Public Health measures, like social distancing, staying home when sick or exposed, and masking while indoors, have become important tools in protecting our community. After experiencing a pandemic, we are more aware of prevention strategies and that work in reducing the spread of COVID-19 and the flu. This has reduced the time individuals are away from work, related illnesses, hospitalizations and death. With minimal flu activity last year and less natural immunity to the current strain, illness during this flu season could burden the already taxed healthcare systems.
According to The Centers Disease Control and Prevention, it is possible to have the flu and COVID-19 at the same time but how often this may occur is unknown at this time. What we do know is that if more individuals receive the flu shot this year, there will be less people sick from the flu. This is extremely important, as we want to reduce the number of individuals who get the flu and then have to visit a physician, emergency department, and/or end up hospitalized.
Influenza (flu) can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Flu is different from a cold. Flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:
- fever or feeling feverish/chills
- sore throat
- runny or stuffy nose
- muscle or body aches
- fatigue (tiredness)
- vomiting and diarrhea (more common in children than adults)
The Iredell County Health Department encourages everyone to take advantage of the availability of flu shots and prioritize their health and the health of those around them.
Flu shots are available at -
Statesville Health Department site: Walk-in any time between 8 AM-4:30 PM, Monday-Friday, located at 318 Turnersburg Hwy, Statesville, NC 28625,
Mooresville Health Department site: located at 610 E Center Ave, Mooresville, NC 28115, on Tuesdays, by appointment only.
To make an appointment at our Mooresville location, please call 704-664-5281.
Please contact us at 704-878-5300 for information regarding the flu or insurance coverage or visit https://www.cdc.gov/flu