North Carolina health officials concerned about spike in flu-related deaths

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Doctors say it's not too late to get a flu shot.

A serious spike in the number of flu-related deaths in North Carolina over the past week has health officials concerned.

Eight people in our state died last week. A total of 32 people have died from the flu in North Carolina this season, according to the state Department of Health and Human Services.

Young children, older people, and those with health conditions are most at risk.

RELATED: North Carolina health officials say number of flu cases on the rise statewide

Here are four things the CDC says can keep you from getting the flu:

  • Get a flu shot

  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. That's how germs spread.

As far as the flu shot, a current health report finds it's 48 percent effective in preventing medical visits due to the flu.

RELATED: 5 germiest places to avoid this flu season

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