Flu deaths rise to seven in North Carolina

Desiree Steele
January 5, 2018

DHHS doesn't provide other identifying details about flu victims.

Dr. Gonzalez says, "If they start with flu like symptoms like fever, cough, extreme muscle aching they should see their doctors, especially if you're elderly or you're very young, because children under five are very susceptible".

The map, which includes the potentially deadly Aussie flu strain which has arrived in the United Kingdom, shows the areas with the worst outbreaks of the illness, according to users who upload reports themselves.

The 2016-17 season had 219 confirmed deaths related to the flu. It isn't in Tulsa County, but several more hospitalizations occurred here in the last week.

The number of flu cases normally peaks here and elsewhere between January and February.

Nationally, there have been 12 pediatric deaths from the flu.

Local and state health-care officials encourage individuals to get their flu shots early since it typically takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body that protect against flu.

None of the Triad's four main hospitals have implemented visitor restrictions, particularly for children, for the current season. "They go through this antigenic change every year, so March is when they decide what's going into the vaccine and we start seeing the cases in September and October".

"We're about two weeks ahead of where we were past year", she said.

Locally, the department says so far they have confirmed 300 flu cases, which is down from the 400 they saw past year.

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