No new flu deaths reported in NC
Posted March 27, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — No new flu-related deaths were reported in North Carolina last week, marking the first time that no one in the state died from the virus since flu season began in October.
A total of 92 people have died of flu in North Carolina since October, according to the state Department of Health and Human Services. The six-moth season normally peaks during January and February.
A year ago, 59 people died from flu-related illnesses. Adults ages 65 or older accounted for 36 of the 59 deaths in 2012-13, and nobody under 18 died from the flu.
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.