More Flu Deaths Reported in NC Last Week

03 March, 2017, 00:27 | Author: Garry Little
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Gallagher also says everybody has a responsibility to help protect those who may be at a high risk of flu complications such as hospitalization or death.

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services reported Thursday there were 16 flu-related deaths for the week that ended Sunday, as well as three deaths from previous weeks. The cost of a flu vaccine is covered by Medicare Part B, Medicaid and most private insurance companies. "It is important for people to understand that flu is a very common virus that can cause serious and deadly infections in some people".

People can still get flu shots, but the vaccine is more effective at the start of the season, she said.

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The other outbreaks were in nursing homes, she said.

"The flu virus can be extremely unsafe to people who have compromised immune systems, cancer, kidney disease and other chronic conditions", said Dr. David Priest, medical director for infection prevention at Novant Health.

Flu-like symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. According to a weekly map published by the CDC tracking flu activity across the country, only six states carry less than a "widespread" designation - the most significant category on the map. The flu vaccine can be administered to anyone 6 months of age or older. Flu activity in Tennessee, Montana, Washington, Oregon and Hawaii has been deemed "regional", while in Utah is has been classified as "sporadic".

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