17 new flu deaths in NC, 165 for season

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services said Thursday that North Carolina saw 17 new flu deaths last week, bringing the total to 165 for the season.

Flu is a contagious respiratory illness, spread by a virus.

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The trick to washing away flu germs is singing "Happy Birthday."

Young children and the elderly are at greatest risk from flu and its complications.

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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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