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Seven new flu-related deaths reported in NC last week

Posted February 27

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

Eighty-one people statewide have died from the flu since October, including one infant and four 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 28 deaths. Eighteen people 65 or older have died of the flu.

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.

Flu season normally 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.

DHHS officials said at least 55 of the people who have died this flu season hadn't been vaccinated, and at least 12 had received a flu shot. Public health officials said they don't know whether the remaining 14 had been vaccinated.

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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  • jen14 Feb 28, 5:30 p.m.

    "The best protection against the flu is a flu shot" is just bad news. Plus, why are these stories only tunnel-vision focused; preventing the flu isn't ONLY about vaccines. For example, there are new technologies being developed to prevent germs on surfaces and your hands called antimicrobials. (Here's an example: http://fergusonsafety.com/anti-microbials.php ) These work mechanically to kill microbes rather than chemically. Much more safe and efficient than injecting foreign chemicals into your system.

  • Baybee Doll Feb 27, 5:49 p.m.

    Did you all catch that part of one of the recent articles which mentioned that the H1N1 virus has not mutated? It's the predominant strain going around this year. So if you got the vaccine in 2009, ur likely still immune to it.

  • lfrazier3 Feb 27, 2:30 p.m.

    no, i still won't be getting the flu shot

  • splucker Feb 27, 2:18 p.m.

    Someone go see how many death certificates list flu as the cause of death in any of these situations.

  • NC Reader Feb 27, 1:20 p.m.

    Prior stories have explained that most of the vaccinated people who died already had chronic health problems, thus were more vulnerable to dying from what would have been a much milder flu in healthy adults.

    A doctor who has seen a lot of flu patients this year told me that the patients who weren't vaccinated are getting far sicker, and being hospitalized in greater numbers, than the patients who were vaccinated. The shot does prevent the flu for the vast majority of people who get it.

  • Obamacare rises again Feb 27, 12:50 p.m.

    I told you all. Not worth the shot of mercury and potential dystonia side effects.

  • Lamborghini Mercy Feb 27, 12:44 p.m.

    If at least 12 people -maybe more- who took the flu shot have died of the flu, I think its safe to say those shots aren't working.