Flu season began last week, and so far in North Carolina there have been five confirmed cases of influenza and no flu-related deaths for the week of Oct. 1-7, according to a report released today by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.
Last week, a total of 612 patients in North Carolina were tested for the flu, with five tests coming back positive.
In the United States, flu season runs roughly from October through May.
People get sick from the flu when they come into contact with the virus through cough or sneeze droplets from an infected person, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Experts recommend getting vaccinated and frequent handwashing to stay disease-free.
The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services releases flu season updates every Thursday for the previous week’s cases. WECT News will follow these reports on our website, mobile app, and newscasts. Check back next Thursday for this week’s flu numbers.
This week's report in full:
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