6 more die in NC from flu, bringing total deaths to 41
Posted January 16, 2020 1:22 p.m. EST
Updated January 23, 2020 12:19 p.m. EST
Raleigh, N.C. — The flu season appears to be ramping up in North Carolina. Six deaths associated with the virus were reported statewide last week, bringing total flu deaths this season to 41.
This comes on top of 11 deaths the week prior.
Twenty-four of the deaths were people aged 65 or older, with an additional eight between ages 50 and 64. One child between ages 5 and 17 died of the flu two weeks ago, and the remaining eight deaths were people ages 25 to 49.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 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.