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DHHS: Flu Kills 3 In NC

11:42 PM, Dec 3, 2013   |    comments
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Three people from North Carolina have died within the last two weeks because of the flu.

According to N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, one person lived in eastern North Carolina, another in the Triad and the other person lived in Charlotte.

A Cone Health spokesperson confirmed it recently treated the person from the Triad who died. They said Cone Health has treated two non-fatal cases this season.

DHHS said each person tested positive for Influenza A - one of the main types of flu.

Public health officials say flu cases in North Carolina have been low this year, but they project that number is on the rise. Typically, flu season peaks in January and February.

This is the time of year when we're all at risk of catching the flu. Local health experts say just because we don't feel sick, doesn't mean we aren't spreading it. "A person can be infectious with the flu like a day before they even show signs or symptoms and up to about 4 or 5 days afterwards," said Rockingham County Health Director Glenn Martin.

 

DHHS 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, DHHS 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.

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