North Carolina health officials concerned about spike in flu-related deaths

The ADH said flu symptoms include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny nose, muscle or body aches and fatigue. 11 more deaths are in the process of verification as influenza-caused. Twenty-two of the flu deaths in the state have been among people age 65 or older.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the 2016-2017 flu vaccine is proving to protect about half of people immunized from getting the flu.


The eight new deaths were reported between February 5 and February 11, bringing the total to 32 deaths for the season, which began officially on October 2 previous year, according to the North Carolina Division of Public Health. Samples from the CDC evaluated across the USA matched the strain in this year's vaccine about 97 percent of the time, the release said. The good news is that the vaccines are a good match for the strains circulating this year - so health officials urge those who haven't been vaccinated to consider it.

The Department of Health Services reported Friday that there were 752 confirmed cases reported across the state last week, marking a significant increase from the 346 cases documented the previous week. If taken at the start of illness, these drugs can help decrease the severity of your illness and shorten the time you are sick. Young children, older people, and those with health conditions are most at risk.

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