Flu season in Rowan County one of year's worst

"I would say this has been the worst flu season since I've been here," said Ann Mathew, a nurse practitioner with the Rowan County Health Department.

Matthew told FOX 46 what has made this flu season unusual in Rowan County is the patient's symptoms.

"The intensity and just the fatigue and weakness the patients are feeling," said Mathew.  "This year the respiratory symptoms have been really bad."

She adds there's no trend in ages of people the health department has treated,but officials do say the outbreaks have come from group homes. 

"Two of our long term facilities in the county have reported they have had flu outbreaks," said Angela Worley, a nursing supervisor at the health department.

To date the flu has claimed nearly 70 lives in North Carolina alone.

The health department is now enrolled in an influenza program where data is sent back to the state. The department says of the seven tests they've sent in, four have tested positive for flu like illness.

With peak flu season still among us health professionals say you still have time to get your flu shot to be as safe as possible.