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More Flu Deaths Reported in NC Last Week

03 March 2017

The information on the sixteen deaths were in accordance with information submitted by providers to the North Carolina Division of Public Health. "Flu cases in OH are only reported to the local health district if they involve a hospitalization or pediatric death and most influenza infections are never lab confirmed, so it is hard to say how many flu cases there are or have been".

"Schools are being proactive with extra cleaning, wiping down desks daily, and at least one school has brought on extra custodial staff to disinfect lockers, doorknobs and other surfaces", Long said.

Health officials say young children, and the elderly are the most susceptible to the outbreak of this virus. While flu activity remains elevated over the baseline rate of 2.2% for influenza-like illness, the new national report offers some good news during a flu season marked by severe illness. Most of the fatal cases - 33 so far this year - involved patients 65 and older. They do not apply to anyone seeking treatment at the hospitals.

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In the 2013 to 2014 flu season, H1N1 was the dominate virus at the time, the standard-dose vaccine had better effectiveness than the previous season. In these instances, parents and guardians should work with their nurse to make arrangements.

Flu activity across the U.S. surged in early February, and infections could continue to increase until March according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

More Flu Deaths Reported in NC Last Week