Bernards Health Department Issues Warnings About Severe Flu Season; Urges Flu Vaccines

Flu shots are available through health providers and chain pharmacies.

BERNARDS TWP., NJ – The Bernards Township Health Department has issued some advice to area residents about coping with what has shaped up to be an unusually severe flu season. Among the reminders: It’s not too late to get a flu vaccine for this year.

Flu season peaking now

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said the United States has said this year’s flu season started earlier than usual, and is beginning to peak now, according to a release from the health department.

“New Jersey is experiencing high levels of influenza across the state with increases in emergency department and outpatient visits as well as numerous outbreaks of influenza occurring in long term care facilities. This year is particularly bad because it is dominated by the influenza A (H3N2) strain, which cause more severe symptoms than other strains of flu,” said the release from the Bernards health department, which also serves as a regional health department serving Bernardsville, Chester Borough, Long Hill Township, Mendham Borough, Mendham Township, and Peapack and Gladstone Borough.

Influenza, which has resulted in some publicized deaths this year, is a contagious viral infection that mostly affects the respiratory system: nose, throat and lungs.

Symptoms can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue, the health department noted. In some cases, people may experience vomiting and diarrhea. “It is important to promptly consult a doctor or an urgent…