8 additional flu deaths reported in North Carolina

February 20, 2014 1:58:03 PM PST
North Carolina health officials released new flu numbers Friday, saying eight more people have died in the last week.

That brings the total number of deaths from flu-related complications statewide to 74 dating back to November.

The state Department of Health and Human Services says 54 of those deaths involved people between the ages of 24 and 65. Five victims were children, and another 15 were older than 65.

One of last week's flu victims was identified as pediatric.

A year ago, 59 people died from flu-related symptoms during the six-month flu season that runs from early October to mid-May.

Last week, DHHS reported that seven people died from the flu. In each of the previous two weeks, the department said 11 people died from the flu.

Public health officials continue to urge those who have not been vaccinated yet to do so. Flu season can last well into April.

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.

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