North Carolina health officials report 15 more flu deaths

North Carolina health officials report 15 more flu deaths

Officials say residents in Tulsa County has been hardest hit by the flu this season, leading to 20 deaths in that county. A state survey of clinics, hospitals and health departments found that about 4 percent of visits were for flu-like illnesses last week, down from a peak of almost 8 percent of visits in late February.

"This is a reminder that even healthy people can get sick enough to miss work or school for a significant amount of time, be hospitalized or suffer the most serious consequences", said Kara Odom Walker, secretary for the department. The first was a 53-year-old woman who contracted Influenza B, and the second was 88 and infected with Influenza A.

"We are deeply saddened by this news and our thoughts are with the family and friends of this child", Thompson said in a prepared statement.

The new total more than doubles the death total of six individuals from the previous season, according to the Division of Public Health. All 13 of the current season's fatalities had underlying health conditions. Kent County has seen 1,143 cases and Sussex County has had 801.

Early on, the flu season was dominated by one type of the virus, influenza A.

The Oklahoma City-County Health Department recommends flu vaccinations and hand hygiene to avoid the dangers of the flu.

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