No new flu deaths reported in North Carolina

No new flu deaths reported in North Carolina
The number of flu-related deaths that have been reported in North Carolina remains at 10 after no new deaths were reported over the last week.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The number of flu-related deaths in North Carolina remains at 10 after no new deaths were reported over the last week.

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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