Published: Sat, December 30, 2017
Medicine | By Melba Vasquez

North Carolina sees state's first child death from flu this season

North Carolina sees state's first child death from flu this season

The South Bend Tribune reports state health officials consider IN to have entered flu season once complaints of flu-like illnesses account for at least 2 percent of visits to hospitals and doctors' offices. The best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu is to get vaccinated and practice proper handwashing and hygiene.

Dr. Burnestine Taylor, medical officer for disease control and prevention for the state health department, said the increased activity is a concern because flu can be a serious disease for anyone.

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For the week ending on December 23, the state saw 220 new cases across 32 counties.

CDC's weekly "FluView Report" says that widespread flu activity is up from 12 states, nearly doubling last week's number. Three people in Washoe County have died from the flu this season.

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Follow this link for more information about the 2017-18 influenza season from the CDC.

The CDC said they believe in the US, a better indicator is the vaccine's effectiveness previous year.

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