In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention feared a regional flu outbreak in the Western part of the state. It turned out most who were sick just had flu-like symptoms. So does all of this mean you need to be on high alert? Health officials say no, that historically the flu season begins in February for North Carolina. And if you haven't gotten your flu shot yet, the Pitt County Health Department will receive 500 flu vaccines this week, which is National Influenza Vaccination week.