(WECT) - Flu activity across the state
has reached its highest level in the past decade, according to Laura Gerald, state
"It is very unusual for us to see this many deaths so early
in the flu season," Dr. Gerald said. "This year's vaccine is well-matched
to the strains of flu we are seeing in North Carolina so we strongly recommend
that anyone over 6 months old be vaccinated."
to a news release, 12 flu-related deaths have been reported in North
Carolina. Flu outbreaks have been reported in schools and long-term care
facilities across the state, as well.
flu can pose a very dangerous threat for people at high risk of complications,
including pregnant women, people with chronic diseases, very young children
and the elderly.
flu vaccine is available at no charge from most local health departments and many