Health Team

2 new flu deaths reported in NC

Posted November 30, 2017 2:33 p.m. EST
Updated July 13, 2018 1:40 p.m. EDT

Two new flu deaths were reported in North Carolina last week, bringing the total number of deaths for the season so far to five, according to numbers released Thursday by the North Carolina Department of Health.

The deaths were reported between Nov. 19 and Nov. 25.

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Some people — such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions — are at high risk for serious flu complications. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year.

Flu symptoms include:

A 100 degree or higher fever or feeling feverish (not everyone with the flu has a fever)
A cough and/or sore throat
A runny or stuffy nose
Headaches and/or body aches
Nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea (most common in children)