3 new flu-related deaths reported; NC total rises to 7
Three new influenza-related deaths were reported during the last week of December, bringing the total to seven as the peak of flu season nears.Posted — Updated
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human services said the seven deaths do not represent all flu-related deaths, since many go undiagnosed or unreported.
“Flu will still be circulating for at least the next several weeks," State Epidemiologist Dr. Zack Moore said in a news release. "Getting vaccinated now helps protect you and those you come in contact with.”
Since 2009, North Carolina flu deaths have ranged from nine in 2011-12 to 218 during the 2014-15 season. Officials say the elderly, young children, pregnant women and people with medical conditions, such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease, are especially at risk.
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