Flu Death Reported In Randolph County, 14th In NC

1:02 PM, Jan 7, 2014   |    comments
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RANOLPH COUNTY, N.C. -- A person in Randolph County has died from the flu.

The flu death is the first for this season in the county and the 14th flu death in the state.

The Randolph County Health Department says it happened over the weekend. They say the person who died was healthy, didn't have a flu shot and was in their twenties. 

Last week, five flu deaths were reported across the state, including the fourth flu death 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.

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