34 new flu deaths reported, bringing state's total to 140 for season

Thursday, February 08, 2018 07:16PM
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The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services said Thursday that North Carolina saw 34 new flu deaths last week, bringing the total to 140 for the season.

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Flu is a contagious respiratory illness, spread by a virus. Young children and the elderly are at greatest risk from flu and its complications.

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According to DHHS, flu-like illnesses now account for 7 percent of hospital visits across the state.

Those worried about the flu or feel that might be at risk, should speak with their doctor about getting the flu shot or other preventative measures.

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