BURLINGTON, N.C.-- Another person in the Triad has died from the flu. Thursday morning the Alamance County Health Department reported that they received notification of the county's first flu-related death for the 2013-2014 flu season.
According to a news release, the victim was a child. The health department said they will not be releasing any additional information related to the child.
"This is deeply saddening news and we extend our thoughts and prayers to the family," stated Alamance County Health Director Barry Bass. "Please use precautions this flu season and if you haven't already, we encourage you to get the flu vaccine."
Flu activity has been widespread in North Carolina since mid-December. As of January 16, the NC DHHS had reported 27 total flu-related deaths in the state. Most of those deaths have occurred in young and middle-aged adults. High levels of flu activity are expected to continue over the coming weeks, as flu season typically peaks during January and February.
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The flu vaccine is available by appointment at the Health Department and protects against the strains of flu circulating this year, including H1N1, the most common flu strain so far in the 2013-2014 flu season. Individuals interested in receiving flu vaccine may call 336-227-0101, Monday-Friday to make an appointment.