It is not too late to benefit from a flu shot this season.
The department notes there were no influenza outbreaks reported in Newfoundland and Labrador so far during this flu season.
The NC Department of Health and Human Services said the report issued listed four deaths, bringing the total to 26 for this flu season.
Of the cases reported the first week of the new year, county residents over the age of 65 had the highest number flu cases reported. These viruses are often linked to more severe illness, especially among children and people age 65 and older.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and TDH recommend a yearly flu vaccine for everyone aged six months and older.
"Even though flu is all around us, you can still get the vaccine and still get protected", Berg said. Doctors want to remind you that the flu and the cold are two different illnesses and the cold can not lead to the flu.
CDC Director Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald said influenza type A, H3N2 strain has been the most common form of flu this season.
Quinlisk said it's likely Iowa will see a rise in influenza diagnoses, since this year's peak isn't expected to be reached until the end of January or the beginning of February. Compared to previous year, they've seen twice the number of flu patients this month, and they're all affected by Strain A.
A spokesman for Riverside Health System did not respond to multiple requests for comment, however, Riverside is offering free flu vaccinations for people 14-years-old and older on a first come, first served basis while vaccine supplies last, according to its website.
Flu symptoms may include fever, headache, tiredness, cough, sore throat, nasal congestion and body aches.
The children's vaccine is available at all of DCHHS' immunization clinics. It takes two weeks for immunity to develop.
If you're sick and exhausted of the cold, there's a good chance you are actually sick.
Try to avoid close contact with sick people. Alcohol based gels are the next best thing if you don't have accessto soap and water.
Cover your nose and mouth with the crook of your arm when coughing or sneezing. Routine cleaning and disinfection in the home and workplace are also important to reduce flu risks.