Flu is spreading in our area and across the state. Buncombe County Health and Human Services (BCHHS) would like to notify the community of the first confirmed flu-related death in a Buncombe County resident during the 2019-2020 flu season. The death occurred in an adult under age 65. No further details of this flu-related death will be made available at this time. According to the North Carolina Division of Public Health, as of December 28, 2019, there have been 10 flu-related deaths in North Carolina residents this flu season.

“Flu can be devastating to individuals and families. While it is typically more serious for those older than 65 years of age, it can have serious health consequences even for young, healthy people. The flu can also be very serious for people with chronic health conditions, pregnant women, and children under the age of five. Prevention through immunization, good health habits and quick action are key to avoid getting and spreading the flu in our community,” says BCHHS Medical Director, Dr. Jennifer Mullendore. She continues, “It is not too late to get a flu vaccine and we encourage everyone to get immunized as soon as they are able.”

Buncombe County Health and Human Services (BCHHS) would like to remind residents of these important and simple steps that can provide a shield of protection against the flu.

The number one recommended way to prevent flu is to get immunized. It’s not too late to get your flu vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccination for everyone 6 months of age and older. You should also stay up-to-date on all immunizations to prevent the spread of other illnesses. The Buncombe County Health and Human Services Immunization Clinic is located at 40 Coxe Avenue in downtown Asheville. The Immunization Clinic offers walk-in immunizations Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m. (we ask that clients check-in by 4:30 p.m.) Many pharmacies and primary care providers also offer the flu vaccination.

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