WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Flu activity across the state has reached its highest level in the past decade, according to Laura Gerald, state health director.
"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."
According 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.
The 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.
A state-supplied flu vaccine is available at no charge from most local health departments and many providers.
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