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First NC flu deaths reported

Posted November 29, 2012

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— Two adults from the Triad region are North Carolina’s first two deaths in the 2012-2013 flu season, public health officials said Thursday.

One of the people was at higher risk for complications from flu because of advanced age and pre-existing medical conditions, but the other had no known risk factors for severe influenza illness, State Health Director Dr. Laura Gerald said. Neither had received the flu vaccine this year.

“This is a tragic reminder of the potentially devastating effect flu can have on people at any age," Gerald said in a statement. "With flu cases on the rise in North Carolina, it is especially important for the public to take action to protect themselves and their families.”

Statewide data shows that flu activity is increasing in North Carolina. The number of positive flu tests recorded by the State Laboratory of Public Health has more than quadrupled since early November, officials said.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 46 percent of North Carolinians were immunized against flu last year.

“Every flu season is different,” Gerald said. “In addition to vaccination, we strongly encourage citizens to prevent flu and other illness by covering coughs and sneezes, washing hands frequently with soap and water and staying home when you are sick.”

Influenza kills approximately 25,000 people and causes 220,000 hospitalizations every year in the United States, officials said.

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  • vincentwilliam794 Dec 5, 8:26 a.m.

    No, getting the flu shot does not cause you to get the flu, that is a proven fact...I never got the flu shot and was never sick, until I hand open heart surgery 2 years ago, now it is required. please, 6 mos and older get the flu shot, it doesnt hurt and is covered by all ins companies.. if you can not afford the shot then find the social services office and they will help..good luck.

  • smegma Dec 4, 1:19 p.m.

    i never get the shot and i never get the flu

  • dgbrickey Nov 30, 6:15 p.m.

    I had my flu shot about 3 months ago. I got the flu a couple of weeks ago -- thought it was gone, but something is back -- bronchial infection? Will keep a check on it. -- Nasty stuff!

  • innocent bystander 3 Nov 29, 6:20 p.m.

    "Lets see, 314,800,000 people in US currently and 25K are going to die from the flu according to this article. I'll take my chances before putting that stuff in my body."

    There's < 1,000 deaths each year from firearm accidents in the US. Does that mean you're comfortable pointing a loaded gun in your face?

  • Made In USA Nov 29, 5:36 p.m.

    BlahBlahBlahBlahBlah - Yes, you can still get the flu even after getting a flu shot. But generally the symptoms are much less severe than had you not received the shot.

  • BlahBlahBlahBlahBlah Nov 29, 5:12 p.m.

    I took my flu shot but I was wondering if you could still get the flu? Anyone heard any reports on that?

  • NC Reader Nov 29, 4:22 p.m.

    The only years I've had the flu are when I was "too busy" to get the shot. Never again. I get it as soon as I can every year.

  • joeBob Nov 29, 4:19 p.m.

    Lets see, 314,800,000 people in US currently and 25K are going to die from the flu according to this article. I'll take my chances before putting that stuff in my body. Drug companies like Merck have these "spokes" people in their pocket. Don't believe the hype.

  • TeenDad4_WorldTour Nov 29, 3:53 p.m.

    I'm thankful there are rational, educated people here like simplelogic, innocent bystander 3, and storchheim to help balance out the nonsense and pseudoscience that is regularly displayed in threads like these.

  • simplelogic Nov 29, 3:26 p.m.

    Uhavenoclu, placebos are only used in clinical trials to assess efficacy of new drugs - they don't go on the market for ANY condition. Pharmaceuticals with no active ingredient don't go over well with the FDA.

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