Flu deaths total up to 10 in North Carolina

Flu deaths total up to 10 in North Carolina
FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2018, file photo, a medical assistant at a community health center gives a patient a flu shot in Seattle. A newer kind of flu vaccine worked a little bit better in seniors this past winter than traditional shots, the government reported Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File) (Source: Ted S. Warren)

NORTH CAROLINA (WECT) - Two more flu-related deaths have been reported in North Carolina, bringing the total to 10 this flu season.

Eight of the people who died were 65 years old or older and two were between ages 25 and 49. The flu season lasts from Sept. 30, 2018 to May 18, 2019.

The death toll is based on reports submitted by providers to the NC Division of Public Health. An influenza-associated death is defined as a death resulting from a clinically compatible illness confirmed to be influenza with no period of complete recovery between the illness and death.

According to flu.nc.gov, getting vaccinated is the best way to avoid getting the flu. Visit vaccinefinder.org to find a vaccination location near you.

Flu symptoms include:

  • A 100-degree 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
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea (most common in children)

During flu season, the NC Division of Public Health provides weekly updates on the spread of the flu in our state.

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