DCDHHS encourages vaccinations

Published 7:46 pm Wednesday, January 3, 2024

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The Dare County Department of Health & Human Services is encouraging residents to protect themselves from respiratory illness this winter by getting vaccinated for influenza and COVID-19.

As cases of respiratory illness continue to rise, local health officials urge flu and COVID-19 vaccinations for everyone six months of age and older.

“The flu is a contagious respiratory virus that can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Those at high risk for serious flu complications include older people, young children, pregnant women, people with certain health conditions or compromised immune systems. Some of those same groups are also at high risk of complications from COVID-19,” stated a DCDHHS news release.

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“COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Most people infected with the virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. However, some will become seriously ill and require medical attention.

“Like the annual flu vaccine, the updated COVID-19 vaccine is designed to match the evolving virus and helps protect people from serious illness, hospitalization and death,” the DCDHHS release continued.

Contact the Dare County Health & Human Services or your primary provider for more information or to schedule a flu or COVID-19 vaccine. For appointments in Manteo or the northern beaches, call 252-475-5003 or 252-475-9320 for Frisco and Hatteras Island.