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Eight more flu-related deaths reported in NC; total climbs to 74

Posted February 20, 2014

— Eight more people died from the flu in North Carolina last week, according to data released by the state Department of Health and Human Services.

Seventy-four people statewide have died of the flu since October, including one infant and two other children under the age of 18.

Adults ages 25 to 49 continue to be most affected, accounting for 30 deaths in North Carolina, followed by those ages 50 to 64, with 24 deaths. Fifteen people 65 or older have died of the flu, as have two people between the ages of 5 and 17.

Health privacy laws prohibit the DHHS from identifying flu victims or even releasing data like what county they may be from of whether they had been vaccinated.

A year ago, 59 people died from flu-related symptoms during the six-month flu season that runs from early October to mid-May. Adults ages 65 or older accounted for 36 of the 59 deaths in 2012-13, and nobody under 18 died from the flu.

The peak weeks of flu season generally occur in January and February.

The best protection against the flu is a flu shot, which is available for anyone 6 months old or older. It takes at least two weeks to build up a full immunity against the virus.

Hand-washing, coughing into your sleeve and keeping a safe distance from people with flu symptoms are practical ways to help prevent the spread of the flu.


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  • Kathleen Newberg Feb 21, 2014
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    On the CDC site, stats indicate that most deaths were of people who had other health problems, like COPD, heart disease, metabolic disorder, obesity, neurological disorders, etc. I'm not opposed to flu shot; I got one almost every single year since 1976, almost 40 years now. It's just that if you eat right, exercise, get plenty of sleep, avoid stressful situations as much as possible, avoid crowds, and maintain a healthy immune system, your risk is lower of getting the flu anyway.

  • Forthe Newssite Feb 21, 2014
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    $30.00 at Walgreens, I don't think that's twice as much. I got mine there last year and from my primary doc this year, but my cost was not more than young peoples.....

  • liskm Feb 20, 2014

    I'm not one to dash off to the Dr. I DO get flu vac since worst case ever where every morsel of my body ached and extremely high fever. Since that experience, had a friend die from flu and another that almost did. I'll take my 'chances' with the vaccine vs. not. JMO

  • Eric Hammond Feb 20, 2014
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    Been reported that , on average, 36,000 people in the US die every year from the flu--nothing exotic like H1N1, swine flu, etc, just the regular off the shelf variety. josephlawrence43

    funny, but you need to look up some info, First: the average death toll in the US is 10, 000 per year (not 36,000 that's a mild year for worldwide) (that still means that if NC represents 4% of the US population, then we should expect 400 deaths on an AVERAGE YEAR)
    Second: H1N1 IS the "swine flu" (2009 strain). Third: one strain of H1N1 killed approximately 1/4 of the world's population in 1918 - that's right...H1N1 has been around a LONG TIME! and is why - Fourth: H1N1 (2009 strain) is MILDER and LESS DANGEROUS than almost every other strain identified to date AND is the predominant strain this year hence the mild flu season (Oh, and it was also included in the flu shot this year, so if you got your shot, you're covered.

  • Joseph Shepard Feb 20, 2014
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    TP4REAL: well said..

  • TP4Real Feb 20, 2014

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    THe world didn't begin the day you were born, contrary to your own opinion of yourself. Flu has been killing millions for centuries. There used to be a disease called Polio too. And I'm guessing that if Ebola or some other serious killer were devastating mankind, you'd be shoving your way to the front of the line demanding some sort of prevention for yourself. The reason diseases that were once on the decline or almost wiped out are back on the rise are because of the idiocy and rumors, untruths and hysteria spread like it was actual knowledge over the internet. It's too bad. The internet was supposed to be good for humanity. Instead, it's just a way for stupidity to travel farther and faster to more stupid people than would have been possible 20 years ago.

  • nurse.k Feb 20, 2014

    SCIENTIFICMETHOD -- thanks for the insight! I remain an eternal optimist long after I should!

    I will never understand what people think is the motivation of every (almost) medical doctor on earth to lie to you. They don't get paid by vaccine, and they surely make more money when you get really sick (and intubated!) :) I will look up your Dunning-Kruger effect now...

    Cheers, rational person!

  • Joseph Shepard Feb 20, 2014
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    Been reported that , on average, 36,000 people in the US die every year from the flu--nothing exotic like H1N1, swine flu, etc, just the regular off the shelf variety.
    Again, on average, over 200,000 people end up in the hospital.

    Folks who like to claim that they took the shot and then developed the flu shortly thereafter--they may have caught the flu but it sure wasn't from the shot. They had been exposed to the virus before they got vaccinated. Taking a shot is, in MHO, far preferable to permanent death or a long hospital stay.

  • ScientificMethod Feb 20, 2014

    Nice try Nurse.K but it's really a fruitless effort trying to reason with anti-vaccination people. I mean don't you know there is a worldwide cabal of big pharma, infectious disease researchers and physicians who have all banded together to enrich each other through these horrible vaccines?

    Even if you could get some of these folks to read an understand the scientific literature (you can't by the way), they will ultimately fall back on the above mentioned worldwide conspiracy nonsense.

    It's know as "arrogance of ignorance" or the Dunning-Kruger effect.

  • Kristin Byrne Feb 20, 2014
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    Do you ever even read the article? The poster was quoting directly from the article. Fifth paragraph down.