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NC flu deaths increase to 27

Posted January 16, 2014

— Five more people died from flu in North Carolina last week, bringing the total number of influenza-related deaths to 27 for the 2013-14 season, according to statistics released Thursday.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services said the new deaths occurred between Jan. 5 and Jan. 11

On Monday, the state reported its first child flu death for the season – an infant in the eastern part of the state who died from complications of the illness because the child was too young to receive a flu vaccination.

That death was not included because the child died two days after the period when deaths are counted. That death will be included in next week's figures.

The state began counting flu deaths since October.

Since then, 13 people from age 25 to 49 have died of flu, along with nine who were between 50 and 64. Five people age 65 or older also have died, more than doubling the number in the age group from last week.

High levels of flu activity are expected over the coming weeks as flu season typically peaks during 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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  • 68_dodge_polara Jan 17, 2014

    SCUBAGIRL2 JAN 16, 4:01 P.M.
    Got the shot and got the flu anyway.

    — Posted by 68_dodge_polara

    "yea, but I'll bet you weren't as sick as you would have been if you hadn't got the shot....you're not dead either....." -scubagirl2

    ah that makes no sense at all. Having a flu shot for the wrong flu don't reduce the symptoms for a flu that the shot wasn't made to protect against.

  • busyb97 Jan 16, 2014

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    her's is one of many stories like it too.

    People have always died from flu complications- more than 27. And they are almost always the ones with some sort of underlying condition or immune-compromised. The media venues have just started reporting on it to blow things out of proportion since the vaccine was made available several years back.

    last I checked, this was still a free country. More people drive from drinking and driving each DAY probably than from the flu, but you still see them selling alcohol and advertising it on TV. They allow cigarettes to be made, even though 2nd-hand smoke kills way too many people with cancer as those who do the actual smoking.

    The vaccine is a false sense of security with regards to the flu. Take D3, practice good hygiene and common sense (if you are sick- STAY HOME!!!), etc.

  • mcraineycrazies Jan 16, 2014

    this is the first time that i got the flu that i did not get a flu shot, mind you i have not had the flu in many many years, the last time i got the flu, i got the flu shot and got extremly sick, i have gone years without the flu shot, it got me this year, but with alot of sleep, naked drinks, and vitamin c, it was gone in 4.5 days : )

  • patriotsrevenge Jan 16, 2014

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    And what evidence do you have to show that her neurological disorder had anything at all to do with the flu shot she received....none whatsoever!!! The flu vaccine saves lives.

  • Obamacare prevails again Jan 16, 2014

    This was enough to scare me away from flu shots forever.

    "A simple flu shot has turned a cheerleader's life into a nightmare. Ten days after receiving the shot, she came down with a severe debilitating neurological disorder.
    Desiree Jennings, 25, of Ashburn, Virginia was a professional football cheerleader for the Washington Redskins, but she says the seasonal flu shot she received this past August has ruined her chance of having any happiness in her life.
    Doctors say that she has a rare neurological disorder, that started just a few days after her seasonal flu shot.
    The first symptom, she says, was that whenever she tried to eat, she would pass out, and then eventually she started to have twisted movements when she walked or stayed still.
    The weird thing about Ms. Jennings condition is that she can walk backwards with no spasms. She must also walk up and down stairs backwards, as it is too dangerous for her to walk forward. "

  • Mr. Hans Jan 16, 2014

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    An earlier report revealed most did NOT get the shot.

  • mafiamic Jan 16, 2014

    Still haven't gotten mine yet and I feel great.Is the reason the child was too young to receive the flu shot was because they know it will make them sick and worse and wanted to make it look like the flu itself did it?
    How many of those cases did receive the shot?,it never says it only says they died of the flu but never tells you how many got the shot.

  • Mr. Hans Jan 16, 2014

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    It won't hurt you. We used to play with it in school when we were kids, and with a few minor exceptions, most of us turned out OK.

  • Obamacare prevails again Jan 16, 2014

    I will not get the shot because I don't particulalry like the thought of being injected with trace amounts of mercury. No thanks.

  • Mr. Hans Jan 16, 2014

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    Because Jenny McCarthy told them they'd get autism, and Alex Jones told them in was a government plot to take over their minds.