Reported Flu Deaths In North Carolina Climb to 110 Statewide

Reported Flu Deaths In North Carolina Climb to 110 Statewide Featured

By / State News / Tuesday, 21 March 2017 04:00

RALEIGH, N.C. : March 16th, 2017 - While flu activity has started to decrease in the state, the virus continues to be widespread.
Twenty flu deaths were reported in North Carolina for the week ending March 11, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. While flu activity has started to decrease in the state, the virus continues to be widespread.
The number of influenza-associated deaths reported this season, which started Oct. 2, is 110.
“North Carolinians should continue to take precautions and not let down their guard,” said State Epidemiologist Zack Moore, MD, MPH.
Antiviral medications are available to treat flu infections. People who think they might have the flu and are at high risk for severe complications should contact their doctor right away to see if antiviral medications might be needed. High risk groups include those with underlying conditions like asthma or heart disease, pregnant women, people older than 65 and children younger than 5.
During the 2014-15 season, North Carolina recorded 218 deaths, the highest number of flu-associated deaths reported since the 2009 H1N1 pandemic. There were 59 flu-associated deaths reported during the 2015-16 season. These reports do not represent the true number of flu-associated deaths, since many cases are not diagnosed or not reported.
Precautions that everyone should use to protect against the spread of flu and other viruses include:
• Wash hands frequently, with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
• Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and then discard the tissue promptly
• If you are sick, stay home until you have been fever free for at least 24 hours
State health officials encourage all residents to protect themselves and others against the flu. Although vaccination earlier in the season is preferred, flu vaccine is still available and is the best way to protect yourself and others from the spread of this dangerous, sometimes deadly virus. For more information on flu and to find out where you can get a flu vaccination in your community, visit www.flu.nc.gov

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