First flu death of the season reported in central North Carolina

Henrietta Strickland
November 30, 2019

The health department's weekly update on flu activity does show a significant increase in the number of probable outbreaks reported by schools throughout Minnesota.

There has been another flu-related death in our state, bringing the total so far this season to three.

"We are very saddened by this death and send condolences to the loved ones of this person", said state epidemiologist Zack Moore, M.D.

This is the second confirmed pediatric influenza death in Texas this flu season.

With the holiday season getting underway and people gathering with family and friends, the Health District is urging everyone to get vaccinated against the flu this year.

The flu vaccine is the first line of defense to protect not only yourself but the people around you who are vulnerable to the flu.

During the 2018-2019 flu season, 208 flu deaths were reported in North Carolina, down from 391 deaths during the 2017-18 flu season, one of the worst, officials said. This is especially important for people at risk, such as those older than 65, under the age of 5, women who are pregnant and people with certain medical conditions, according to the CDC.

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