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No new flu deaths reported in NC

Posted March 27, 2014


— 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.

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  • TheCape Mar 28, 2014

    And as always they do not tell how many of the deaths had the flu shot. Not surprising. This does not help with those who do not want the flu shot as it still doesn't prove that the percentage of deaths is far lower with the flu shot than without. I'm allergic to a few of the ingredients in the shot and will continue to avoid it until the favorable outcomes are better than the unfavorable ones.