That brings the total number of deaths from flu-related complications this influenza season statewide to 27.
Cases usually peak in January in February. Complications can be particularly dangerous for high risk groups including infants under 2, pregnant women, and people with chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, or immune system problems.
Flu vaccination is the most effective treatment against the flu. If you have not gotten your flu vaccine yet this season, it's not too late. 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.
For more information on flu prevention and to find out where you can get a flu vaccination in your community, visit www.flu.nc.gov.