RALEIGH, N.C. -- The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is reporting five new flu deaths.
This makes a total of 21 flu deaths in North Carolina this season.
No information was immediately provided about the location or previous health conditions of the latest victims. However, the DHHS website shows of all the deaths this season 12 are between 25-49 years old; seven between 50-64 years old; and two people were 65 years old or older.
So far, there have been at least four flu deaths reported in Guilford County.
NCDHHS provided the following information:
Flu vaccination is the most effective treatment against the flu. If you have not gotten your flu vaccine yet this season, you should get one now. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body that protect against influenza virus infection. Flu vaccine is widely available and protects against the strains of flu circulating this year, including H1N1. Flu vaccine is available in nasal spray and shot form.
In addition to vaccination, NCDHHS encourages everyone to use personal precautions to protect against the spread of flu and other viruses:
•Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and then discard the tissue promptly.
•Wash hands frequently, preferably with soap and water or an approved hand sanitizer.
•Stay home when you are sick until you are fever free for at least 24 hours.
For more information on flu and to find out where you can get a flu vaccination in your community, visit www.flu.nc.gov.