11 more people died from the flu last week
Posted March 5, 2020 12:51 p.m. EST
Updated March 5, 2020 1:21 p.m. EST
Raleigh, N.C. — Eleven more people died of the flu in North Carolina last week, and 127 people have died from the illness this season, officials said Thursday.
Four children have died of the flu this season, according to data from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
The total number of confirmed flu cases in the state is continuing to drop after peaking the week of Feb. 8.
State officials said 859 people tested positive for the flu last week. The previous week, 952 positive results were reported. There were 1,342 confirmed cases the week of Feb. 8.
The season began Sept. 29, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.
Individuals who are more likely to develop serious flu complications include people older than 65, children younger than 2, pregnant women, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.
Symptoms include having a fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headaches and fatigue. Symptoms usually develop suddenly, according to the CDC.
Flu cases are slightly dropping nationwide, according to the CDC.
The CDC recommends flu vaccinations for everyone 6 months of age and older.
For those who have been diagnosed with the flu, CDC guidelines say patients should:
- Stay home when sick until fever-free for at least 24 hours.
- Wash hands frequently, preferably with soap and water.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and then discard the tissue promptly.