DHEC health officials say getting a flu shot will keep hospitals from being overwhelmed with patients. As of Sunday, about 80 percent of hospital beds are being used. In WBTV’s viewing area, all four of the counties have over 70 percent of beds filled. York County has the highest at 91 percent.
The district posted the following message on their website Thursday: “Due to the increase in the flu outbreak at all schools, Ashe County Schools will be closed tomorrow, Friday, February 8, for both students and staff.”
Xofluza is a fast-acting, single-dose treatment for the flu that won approval by the FDA on Wednesday. It will hit pharmacy shelves this flu season and could be an easier way for patients to kick the virus.