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Two flu deaths reported in NC last week

Posted April 10

Vaccine

— Two North Carolina residents died from flu-related illnesses last week, according to state figures released Thursday.

Ninety-eight people in the state have died from flu since the season began in October. The six-month season normally peaks during January and February.

A year ago, 59 people died from flu-related illnesses.

Of this year's flu deaths, 33 have been between 25 and 49 years old, while another 32 were ages 50 to 64. Twenty-seven of those who died of the flu were 65 or older, while six youths 17 and younger also died.

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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  • abwhite88 Apr 10, 1:25 p.m.

    Why/how is this news? In April at that...