The State Highway Patrol expects the coming weeks to bring more vehicle traffic to our roadways with an increase in holiday travelers. This expected increase in roadway users will put a premium on the need for awareness, enforcement and education by the Patrol as it hopes to curb dangerous driver behaviors to include speeding, distracted driving and impaired driving.
Updated boosters are becoming available in North Carolina, following the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) announcement this week that people 12 and older can receive an updated booster to protect against the latest COVID-19 variants. Vaccines are beginning to arrive in the state and vaccine appointments will be more widely available starting next week.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services will host a live fireside chat and tele-town hall on Wednesday, June 1, from 6-7 p.m. to discuss COVID-19 recovery, ways to prevent and overcome long-term complications, and available treatments, and to hear firsthand accounts from North Carolinians who experienced varying severity of COVID-19 symptoms.
"Now is the time to get your booster shot," said Kody H. Kinsley, Assistant Chief Secretary for Health and incoming Secretary of the NCDHHS. "We have a lot of vaccines in the state, and getting a booster shot, or getting vaccinated if you're not already, dramatically lowers the risk of serious illness and hospitalization for the Omicron variant."
RALEIGH — The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is reporting the first pediatric flu-related death for the 2023-2024 flu season. A child in the western part of the state recently died from complications associated with influenza infection. To protect the family’s privacy, additional information will not be released.