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State flu deaths surpass last season

Posted January 22, 2015

— The number of flu-related deaths in North Carolina so far this season has surpassed last year’s number, according to data released Thursday by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

Fifteen more people died from flu in the week ending Jan. 17, bringing the total to 114 since the season began in October.

Last year, 107 people in North Carolina died from flu during the season, which lasts until May.

While the current total is higher than last year, the number of deaths being reported each week has been on the decline. Experts say that indicates the season likely has peaked, although they caution residents to remain vigilant against the spread of the virus.

All of those who died last week were adults, according to state figures. Information on gender and location was not provided.

The number of deaths reported each week is updated as more positive influenza tests are returned.


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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jan 26, 2015

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    This is math. Numbers. X < Y. How is there any sort of agenda here? And, the thought that someone is making up stuff (that's easily proven) is why humanity is in the trouble that it's in. It's why regular folks don't believe the best minds using the best methods of investigation that we humans possess. Meanwhile, the anti-science folks are killing us.

  • NC Reader Jan 23, 2015

    The CDC isn't responsible for "[getting] the shot wrong". Every year, the World Health Organization identifies new variants of flu virus in the Eastern Hemisphere -- strains that will eventually make it to Europe and North America. It takes months to isolate the strains, produce a vaccine, do clinical trials, then distribute the vaccine. By that time, one or more of the flu viruses originally identified may have mutated, which is what happened this year to the dominant flu strain. There is no way to guarantee that the strain(s) won't mutate before the vaccines are available. Sometimes the mutation is enough to render the vaccine less effective for that strain; sometimes it isn't. In any case, the vaccine will offer protection for other flu strains and may offer some protection for the strain that has mutated.

    The Liberadicator: This isn't a liberal/conservative issue at all. Reasonable conservative people are just as likely to get the shot as reasonable liberal people.

  • 68_dodge_polara Jan 23, 2015

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    Don't take it personal, it's difficult for some to formulate a post which out being insulting. It's just one of those things that happens when some people can hid behind the anonymity of the internet.

  • bmassie Jan 22, 2015

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    I don't watch faux news...Preacher....eh, good motivator, but I don't get my news from him.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jan 22, 2015

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    Translation: Until I hear my preacher or Fox News say it, I won't believe it.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jan 22, 2015

    If a parent refuses to vaccinate their child, can we prosecute them for child abuse if the child gets sick? What if the child dies, because of the parent? Seriously. What are the repercussions?

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jan 22, 2015

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    You username seems to indicate that you are against liberals...and even want to "eradicate" them. (Personally, I'm more of a fact and education promoter to help make my argument, but to each his own.) So, I'm not surprised that an anti-liberal doesn't understand science...which anti-liberals so often loathe and even eschew. IMO, the more you understand the less likely you'll be anti-liberal. That said...

    My point is that there have been many education initiatives about how this whole flu shot thing works. It's not perfect...it's the best guess by the best minds that we have...and if it doesn't stop your flu, it will probably help reduce the severity of symptoms.

    So, are you telling us that you've never heard any of these things? ...or that you just don't understand them?

  • iopsyc Jan 22, 2015

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    Woah. Forst off, I was hoping for the original poster to reply.

    Second, were you equally upset in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013? The head of the CDC (the guy in charge) has been the same guy since June 2009.

  • geraniumposey Jan 22, 2015

    Do the flu deaths surpass a season?
    Or, do the flu deaths surpass THOSE of last season?

  • hollylama Jan 22, 2015

    THELIB...take a chill pill. Blaming the government for people getting sick is like blaming settlers for giving natives smallpox...