NORTH CAROLINA (WECT) - Additional flu deaths have been reported in North Carolina last week, bringing the state’s total to eight.
Of the deaths, seven people were over 65 years of age and the other was an adult between 25 and 49. According to the flu data, influenza activity has increased from sporadic to regional in the past two weeks.
DHHS stresses for everyone to get the flu shot and practice good hand hygiene to help stop the spread of the flu. It is recommended everyone over 6 months old be vaccinated against the flu. The vaccine can make the illness milder and reduce the risk of more serious outcomes.
The CDC says it is especially important for those at higher risk of complications, such as people over 65 years old, children younger than 5, pregnant women and those with certain medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease and obesity.
In North Carolina, flu infections are most common from late fall to early spring with activity usually peaking in January or February, according to NCDHHS.
Flu symptoms include:
- A 100°F 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)