The current flu season has proved to be one of the most severe in recent history. With a strain of influenza being resistant to the flu vaccine, the flu season started earlier, and has experienced more cases than usual, leading the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to officially declare a flu epidemic.
Despite the number of reported cases in North Carolina and in Macon County decreasing, officials with the health department caution that flu season is not over yet.
During the January meeting, Board of Health member Jimmy Villiard informed the board that the county is still cautious of flu cases and will continue to monitor activity. According to Villiard, there have been 90 flu related deaths in North Carolina, one of which occurred in Macon County.