The state Department of Health and Human Services says 18 people died in the state last week because of the flu, while 27 passed away the week before.
Flu deaths in North Carolina have well surpassed those from all of last season, according to numbers released on Thursday.
This is the eleventh consecutive week of widespread flu-related activity. The death total for North Carolina this flu season stands at 253. That's down from 340 the week prior. Most flu-related deaths this season were among people 65 or older.
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More than 100,000 cases of the flu have been reported in the state over the past three months.
Part of the problem is that this year the flu vaccine is protecting only one-third of people who got the shot.
Tragically, there have been 97 pediatric (birth to age 16) deaths, nationally, six of them in Florida, but none in Collier County, as of February 23.
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This raises the question, why don't we mandate the flu vaccination, if not for all Americans, then at least for everyone under 18? The agency recommends injections over nasal sprays, which the CDC has not recommended for the past two years because of lower effectiveness. There are a lot of flu viruses, and that's why the vaccine changes.
Gratefully, the B strain is included in the vaccine, but Morrow says don't wait to get the vaccine. "Among the repository viruses we see each year, the flu has the largest impact", he said.
Moody and Jhaveri said another strain of the flu could become active, or the now active strain could find its way to vulnerable populations. The vouchers are available for New Yorkers 7 years of age and older who do not have health insurance.
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