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First NC child dies from flu-related illness in 2017-18 season

First NC child dies from flu-related illness in 2017-18 season

Health officials in North Carolina have reported three more people have died from the flu in the latest numbers ending December 23, 2017. All but five of the state's 75 counties officially reported influenza cases.

The fourth patient was a 59-year-old Dallas resident, and the fifth was an 81-year-old Irving resident.

Health officials are not releasing additional details for the victim's privacy, but in a press release said the flu had killed an adult under the age of 65.

Cold and flu season has yet to peak, according to medical experts, but Kansas City is already feeling sick and exhausted.

Children under 5, adults over 65, pregnant women and people with health conditions like heart or lung disease are considered especially vulnerable to serious complications resulting from the flu, though "even young, healthy people can sometimes experience serious complications", the county said. Medical providers may prescribe antiviral medications that reduce the severity and duration of illness.




"Flu vaccination is the most effective protection against flu, and it's still not too late to get a flu shot", Moore said.

Locations offering influenza vaccinations can be found here.

-Washing your hands frequently with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand sanitizers. Cover sneezes and coughs with a tissue, and dispose of tissues immediately; if there's no tissue available, sneeze or cough into your inner elbow.

Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

If you are sick, stay home from work or school until you have been symptom-free for 24 hours.


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