Two flu deaths reported in NC last week
Posted April 10, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — 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.